Making the decision to make a difference and pursue voluntary work is a fantastic investment. Volunteering not only benefits the organization you lend your support to, it also provides unparalleled opportunities to build leadership skills outside of your day job.
Becoming actively involved in programs or events to support your community is a great networking opportunity. Even better, those transferable skills coupled with the results of the voluntary work you undertake will shine on your resume.
If you’d like to start volunteering, but aren’t sure where to start, here are a few ideas on how to get the ball rolling.
Become a mentor
MENTOR, The National Mentoring Partnership, has found that one in three young people will reach adulthood without a mentor. There are scores of organizations who are actively seeking mentors to engage in their programs. Search online to find mentoring opportunities in your area or specific to your industry, and ask people in your network for recommendations.
Share what you do best
Organizations like Taproot actively seek skilled professionals who can lend time by doing what they are best at. The nonprofit recently launched the Taproot+ marketplace where you can find short-term, individual pro bono consulting projects.
Serve on a board
Serving on the board of a nonprofit is a great way to make a tangible difference in your community and enhance your experience and skills. If you are interested in opportunities check out organizations such as Idealist and Volunteer Match as they regular advertise volunteer board positions.
Don’t forget to check with HR to see if your company supports any nonprofit organizations or even better, propose an organization your company can support and lead the engagement in your workplace.
Post by Octavia Goredema @OctaviaGoredema