A Beginner’s Guide to Volunteering

By Lily

People want to start volunteering for many reasons, and chances are if you’re reading this article you’re interested in getting involved in your community and helping others. What tends to discourage many is the difficulty in figuring out where you can start volunteering and how. Keep reading this guide to learn why and how to start volunteering to improve your community.

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Why You Should Volunteer

There really isn’t a better feeling than knowing your helping someone and making an impact in your community. Even the smallest contribution of your time can make someone’s day a bit brighter, and that’s reason enough to get involved. 

Furthermore, volunteering helps shape people to be better people, which is why it is an important staple in education, and why it’s a graduation requirement for many. 

Volunteering also looks great on any application for college or a job. Colleges especially want to see someone involved in their community, and having the right amount of service hours and experience can make or break an application. Volunteering at certain places can also earn you great life experience and help you learn important skills. Volunteering at a place you may want to work out can also increase your chances of getting a job later. 

Most of all, volunteering is a rewarding experience for everyone willing to get involved, and this will become the reason you come back week after week. It can be a great way to meet new people in your community, get to know different sides of life, work in a field you’re passionate about, and earn the amazing feeling that you’re helping others. 

How to Get Involved

The contribution of your time is something every organization seeking help wants, so you should never be afraid to research volunteer programs and get involved. Some places have an age requirement and/or application process for their programs. I’m sure your all outstanding individuals and the application process will be easy for you! At the end of the day, if they’re looking for volunteers they can probably use your help, and as long as you genuinely want to help and stay involved you’ll get your opportunity to donate. Also if you don’t reach the age requirement, don’t worry! They’re are plenty of other opportunities and a spot volunteering will be waiting for you the day you’re old enough! 

There are many different places you can look to get involved. You may hear about an opportunity through a club you’re in or through a friend. I actually started volunteering through a club at my middle school, which gave up leadership and volunteer opportunities. Joining a volunteer group can be a great way to get involved and learn about many different opportunities. Or, if you’re curious you can always ask a trusted individual if they know any places to volunteer with that could be a good match for you. You can search online for organizations in your area that fit your interest and availability. There’s something for everyone and thanks to the internet, all the information you need should be right at your fingertips. 

So don’t be afraid to get involved! If you’re nervous or unsure about an opportunity you can also always ask a friend to volunteer with you! It’s a great and fun experience to share, and takes away a lot of worries if you’re nervous about going. 

Endless Rewards

Even though volunteering isn’t a paid job, the rewards from it are worth much more than money can buy. The people you meet when volunteering can change your life and become great friends. You’ll find helping people is easy and fun, and nothing is worth more than knowing you made an impact on your community. By helping those who need it, you’re slowly changing the world, and nothing is more rewarding than that knowledge. So get out there and try it, you won’t regret it. 

Thanks so much for reading this article! I hope it inspired you to go out there and start volunteering! If you like this article and want more like it please leave a like and comment! You can leave any questions in the comments below or contact us on our contact page. Also if you want to see even more content you can join or patreon and follow us on socials! We appreciate each and everyone one of you and you can look forward to Elena’s next article coming out on Saturday: An Introverts Guide to Making Friends in High school. Thanks for supporting us and keep overachieving!

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