Volunteer opportunities are a great way to increase your passion, make great connections and give back to those around you. However, it’s sometimes a bit difficult to find the opportunities that really resonate with you.
There are common sites that curate openings from around the world. But to find the best fit, I’ve found that most volunteers need to go a bit deeper.
To truly identify your best match, it’s important to take a few steps.
What I’m about to outline will go deeper than inserting a quick inquiry into a search engine. It’s all about finding that perfect charity. The one that aligns with your goals, values and passion.
There’s nothing quite like it. In many ways, it’s similar to the search for love. With millions of options, you’ll have to do a bit of work to find the right one. But one you do, you wouldn’t trade that journey for the world.
So, without further ado, here are 6 steps to locating the volunteer opportunity of your dreams...
1. Determine Your Passion
First things first, all volunteer opportunities you pursue should align with your passions. Otherwise, it will become just another chore on your schedule. So, before you send of applications or inquiries, identify what you’re truly passionate about.
That is the only way you’ll feel comfortable donating your time of a regular basis.
I’d take a week to a month and meditate on this topic. This practice of truly searching for your soul passion will help you look within and find clear answers.
2. Align Passion With Skills
Passions can often be a very intangible aspect of your life. They stem from our overall soul plan and the deep-rooted calling for our life.
As such, being passionate about something doesn’t always make it a practical option.
You’ll need to find the overlap between your passions and your skillset. It’s in that area that you can excel in volunteer opportunities. Take some time and write out a list of your skills and talents. Then try to find areas where you could use those to benefit your passion.
3. Look Online for Organizations
Once you know exactly where and how to donate your time, identify some organizations that resonate with you. It’s important that your values align with the place offering volunteer opportunities. Otherwise, you’ll quickly become complacent in the job.
For example, you wouldn’t want to work for a fiercely conservative organization if you hold very liberal values – even if your passion and skills align.
Search online for 5-10 organizations you’d like to work with.
4. Reach Out and Request Information
Now you know the where, how and who. It’s time to reach out and offer your time. Smaller charities are always looking for help, while some larger ones have a more difficult screening process. That’s why it’s important to request to several organizations.
Send out emails/applications to the 5-10 organizations you identified.
In the correspondence, you’ll want to introduce yourself, you story, passions and skill set. Creating a comprehensive inquiry will help set you apart in competitive markets.
5. Speak to the People in Charge
Of the people that respond to your inquiry, set up a meeting to speak with key stakeholders in the organization. This will give you an even deeper connection with the opportunity.
It will also give you a sense of if they truly align with your passions and values.
It’s often easy to have a sense of an organization from what you read online. But taking the time to actually interact with help you truly understand what to expect.
If things feel good, great! Start volunteering and help those in need. And if they don’t, then move on to the next volunteer opportunity. One thing is sure, you’ll never run out of chances to donate your unique time, talent and passion.
Volunteering is a very noble act. Whether you’re an energy healer, administrative assistant, researcher or anything else… It’s an amazing thing to give of your time.
Comment below with your passion, and how you’d like to volunteer!
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