So, you’re considering a volunteer position with Relief from Pain? That’s great!
We’d love to have you on board. I mean, we might be a bit biased, but we think that it’s a pretty spectacular place to spend your time. You’ll get the unique opportunity to help relieve the pain of suffering people in your community.
And isn’t that really what charity is all about?
Our volunteers are passionate about helping others and changing lives for the better through healing. We have a great time, but it’s not all fun and games.
While there aren’t a whole lot of rules, we do expect some things out of our volunteers...
Be Reliable to Your Commitments
We expect our volunteers to 100% reliable.
Like all organizations and groups, we want people that we can rely on to fulfill their responsibilities. If you commit to something, please be able to uphold that commitment.
Our organization schedules many events and we have our volunteers help out. But if they don't show up to help after making a commitment, it can hurt the success of the event and accordingly the success of the entire cause.
Flaking out is a vicious cycle. When our volunteers don't fulfill their commitments, we aren't able to meet our commitments to our patients. And that’s the opposite of what we want to achieve.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There are certainly times when emergencies truly arise.
But let’s make sure those times are the exception, not the rule.
Have a Strong Passion for the Cause
We also really want our volunteers to have a strong passion for the cause.
I’ve found that things like reliability come much easier when someone feels passionately about what they’ve joined. The more you believe in a cause, the more likely they are to take take the time and effort to pursue activities and responsibilities relevant to the cause.
And that’s why we love people that truly believe in the power of healing.
Maybe you’ve seen it work in your own life, or maybe someone you know has benefited from it. Or perhaps you’ve just experienced too many suffering people and want to do something about it.
Regardless, that drawing and connection you feel will drive your success as a volunteer.
Know How to Make Activities Fun
Okay, yes, we take commitments and passion pretty seriously around here. But that doesn’t mean that we aren’t interested in having fun!
Whether you’re volunteering for an event or facilitating an activity, we want you to be excited and ready to enjoy your time volunteering. A lot of what we do is serious work - we’re helping the suffering of this world, after all.
But we want you to enjoy that.
I think it goes a bit hand-in-hand with passion. If you truly have a commitment and passion for what you’re doing, you’ll enjoy it.
And that kind of positive energy will rub off on the people around you.
Live a Mentally Strong Life
I struggled most with writing this section because I don’t want it to come off in the wrong way. But the pain and suffering we see on a regular basis can take its toll.
It’s a taxing experience - mentally, physically and emotionally.
And that’s why it’s so important that you come into it with a strong mindset, willing to go toe-to-toe with the distress and pain in this world. Willing to give of yourself to the people who need it most. Willing to see the pain, do the best your can to help - all the while, understanding that what we do here may never be enough.
Don’t let this deter you, though. Because for every difficult experience, there are numerous other grand encounters that will change your life.
What’s the old saying? Nothing worth having comes easy…
Yes, it will be challenging from time to time. Yes, you’ll need to understand that. Yes, you can’t carry that weight and negative energy around.
But more than all that… Yes, it will be one of the best things you ever do.
Provide Valuable Feedback for Us
I could probably end the article with that last session. Seemed like a pretty good pitch to me. But I wanted to address one more aspect of volunteering I feel passionately about:
Please, be willing to give us feedback.
Sounds like a strange request, I know. But for as much as we expect from you, we expect even more from ourselves. For that reason, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve.
So whether it’s how we manage social media or the way we run events - feel free to provide feedback. In fact, we encourage it.
Are You Up to the Task?
Admittedly, we demand a lot from our volunteers.
But we’re on a mission to inspire thousands with the message of healing. And to accomplish that, we need capable, dedicated volunteers.
If you’re interested in a volunteer opportunity, please feel free to contact us anytime.