5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Volunteering

So you want to join the 12.7 million Canadians that volunteer each year!  Here’s a few things to think about before you get started:

1. 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.

2. 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!

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Why do I want to volunteer?

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.

This is part of an ongoing blog series to celebrate National Volunteer Week from April 7 – 13, 2019

This series is generously sponsored by the Old Quebec Street Shoppes.  Located in the scenic heart of downtown Guelph, Old Quebec Street occupies a unique role in the history of the city—a role which continues to evolve with time. Part shopping centre, part office space, Old Quebec Street provides a charming and memorable experience to visitors; an experience that is intimately tied to its history.

Posted on April 11, 2019