5 FAQ about Volunteering
We believe that everyone has something to contribute to our community. Through our online database, out reach and in-office support, we talk to many people who have lots of questions.
Here are our top 5 that may help you get started:
- Start with Why!
Why do I want to volunteer? Asking yourself why in fact helps determine the what and the how. Giving back is a common theme among volunteer opportunities, but there’s so much more to it than that! Perhaps you want to develop certain skills, try something different, or meet new people. This will impact which opportunities to search for.
- What am I interested in?
Think about the types of areas that you enjoy, or the types of causes you are truly passionate about. This will be directly beneficial to your job performance when you do start volunteering. Do a quick brainstorm about what your “ideal” volunteer opportunity would be, before you even start looking!
- How long can I commit for?
Of course, it may be tempting to say “yes” to that position with a one-year commitment, but before you do make sure to think about what kind of commitment you are ready for. Students may have special considerations such as extra-curriculars or summer plans. Carefully consider the length of time you can commit; this will help you find a volunteer opportunity that is meaningful to you and the right fit.
- How will I get there?
Perhaps you rely on public transportation to get around, and this is something to be mindful of when choosing a volunteer opportunity. Many of the opportunities on the PIN volunteer database list clearly whether they are close to public transit or require a car.
- How much free time do I have?
Volunteer positions will clearly post what kind of hours the position will entail. Make sure to pick something that will fit easily into your schedule, consistently. Be mindful that your current level of free time may not be reflective of your future free time.
And there are more FAQs! Click here to learn more about the questions we are frequently asked.
This is part of an ongoing blog series to celebrate National Volunteer Week from April 19-25, 2020