How to make the most of your volunteer experience

  • Love it.  Pick a cause that you feel passionate about. Find an organization that reflects that passion. Remember the volunteering rule of thumb: do something you love.  
  • Share.  Put your skills, talents and time to good use. Hone your skills, own your time. Go out into the community, find a need, fill it and  feel fulfilled!
  • Discover. Learn a new skill, take on a bigger challenge, broaden your horizons, explore options, and immerse yourself in unique situations.  
  • Set goals. Align volunteering with your life or career goals. Want to lose a few pounds? Play ball with children. Want to learn to cook? Serve dinner at a homeless shelter. Want to be a leader? Head up a board. Set your goals and then go get ‘em.
  • Socialize. Strengthen bonds, share values, and create wonderful memories doing something worthwhile. Bring family. Grab old friends. Make new ones.
  • Enjoy. Bring your sense of humor and your enthusiasm. Go with an open mind. Most importantly, go with an open heart.

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About Propellus

Propellus is a non-profit organization that has been empowering organizations since 1955. Through a dynamic range of consulting, training and member services, it helps organizations envision and realize new paths, practices and possibilities. Propellus guides, mentors and educates clients, arming them with tools and resources to help boost organizational effectiveness. Propellus strengthens organizations; in doing so, it leads the way toward building thriving communities.
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2 Responses to How to make the most of your volunteer experience

  1. Meghan says:

    As a sometime volunteer I have to say this list is brilliant. I especially believe that loving what you do and sharing that within your community is so important. These two qualities shine from volunteers and the people who are touched by volunteers’ work recognize that passion and the value of sharing.

    I also quite like the wording around aligning your volunteering with personal or professional goals. When I have done this in my own volunteering my passion and my motivation has been wonderfully high! Finding and/or creating the right role, the right task for your volunteers really generates huge benefits for everyone.

    • Hi Meghan, thank you for the kind words!! Glad you enjoyed this entry.

      Good to hear that you’ve been having some great volunteering experience! Keep in touch and keep volunteering! And yes, HUGE benefits for everyone! 🙂

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