For years I have had a bookmark propped on my desk that reads:
Volunteers – Always Caring, Always Sharing
I learned the value of volunteering from my parents who always gave back to their communities. My Dad used to share this wonderful quote, by Wilfred Grenfel, with my sisters and me, “Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile” - wise words that have great meaning to me.
Each time my husband and I have moved to a new city, I have found organizations where I can volunteer. Over the years, I have met wonderful people through my volunteering. Some have become friends, mentors, and part of my professional network. Some have helped me land jobs and some refer clients to me. It’s amazing the connections I have made through my volunteer experiences.
If you are new to a town or city, if you are in between jobs and want to fill a gap on your resume, if you have extra time and want to give back, and if you want to surround yourself with like-minded individuals who share your passion for helping your local community, consider volunteering. Volunteers are always needed.
Questions to consider when seeking volunteer opportunities:
There are numerous organizations always in need of people willing to share their time and talent volunteering to help a cause. Places you may consider volunteering are your local schools, places of worship, senior citizen centers, veteran resource centers, YMCA, YWCA, local soup kitchens, youth centers, after school programs, community volunteer fire & rescue squads, disaster relief organizations, humane societies, hospice, etc. Check out these links and search for volunteer opportunities in your community: