A Beginner's Guide to Volunteering

A Beginner's Guide to Volunteering

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From having a full-time job, to out of work activities and socializing with friends, most of us run out of time – and fast. Which means volunteering can sometimes fall to the wayside. But the rewards of committing yourself towards a larger cause are worth the compromise. It can be hard to start but once you do, you will be glad. The first step is narrowing in on your passion to figure out where it is you want to be committing your time. Emily-Anne who is the Co-owner of her own not-for-profit, Backpack Buddies has come to the rescue to help you figure out how exactly to start your volunteering career.

Identify how much time you are able to commit to volunteering

Many organizations request consistent volunteer hours – weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. It is important to be realistic with how much time you can commit. As someone who relies on volunteer support, it can be difficult to find a plan B when great volunteers cancel last minute (and it happens quite often). Prepare your schedule ahead of time so that you can truly commit your time as the organization you are committing to is now relying on your important work

Find a cause you care about

Plain and simple: what are some areas of interest for you? What do you believe in? What would make you feel excited? What would make you feel good about the work you are doing?

Start your research

It can be as simple as googling – Vancouver charities are a great starting point. Narrow down which organizations you are interested in and reach out to their volunteer department directly. Almost every single charity website will have a section devoted to volunteering and they are usually user-friendly, too. Start by letting them know what you are looking to do and how much time you can offer. Check out http://www.govolunteer.ca/ and explore the endless opportunities.

Volunteer

Set up a plan with the volunteer coordinator and start your volunteer work right away.