Meetings & Conventions: Short Cuts May 2002
Short Cuts:BETTER YET
How to Start Volunteering
Donating your time and
expertise to a worthy cause can be rewarding, but the process of
finding the right outlet and making an initial commitment can be
intimidating. Independent Sector (www.indepsec.org) offers these tips.
RESEARCH THE CAUSE. Find a group that works on
an issue dear to your heart. Consider the organizations to which
you donate money.
DRAW ON YOUR SKILLS. Look for volunteer work
where you can actively use your skills. It might be a something you
are familiar with from your job or a hobby you indulge in.
DON’T OVERCOMMIT. Start slowly and then build
your involvement to a comfortable level that allows for personal
BE PREPARED TO INTERVIEW. While most
organizations are eager for help, some are understandably cautious.
Groups that provide services to children and other at-risk groups
might require potential volunteers to be formally screened, as if
applying for a job. Don’t be deterred; agreeing to an interview
proves you are committed to the cause.
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