Volunteering in your Local Community

There are a lot of great reasons to volunteer in your area. For one thing, volunteering gives you a chance to meet more people and network with people that have similar interests to yours. Business professionals should take advantage of the opportunities that volunteering offers to make new contacts and be seen in the community.

Volunteering is also a great way to feel better about yourself by helping others. Many people say that volunteering helps to fill a void in their lives that could not be filled by anything else. If you have always felt the need to help others, then volunteering would be a great way for you to make a difference in your community.

One of the things about volunteering that people forget is that it is a great way to hone your professional skills or learn new skills. If you are an out of work accountant, then you can keep yourself in the accounting field by working for a charitable organization. If you have always wanted to learn how to work with power tools, then a stint with the local organization that builds homes for the needy can be a great place to start.

Now that you have the desire to reach out and help others, you need to decide which organizations would interest you the most. Your volunteering hunt should start with the organizations that you have the greatest interest in. If you want to help to heal people, then contact your local hospital about volunteering.

Another great resource for information on volunteer groups is your local newspaper. Some local newspapers print contact information for the various organizations every day, while others set aside certain days of the week to print that valuable information. Contact your local newspaper and ask what days the volunteer contact information is printed. You may even find that the person you talk to at the newspaper will give you the information that you need right over the phone.

When it comes to finding information, there are few better resources than the Internet. An Internet search for local volunteer groups will usually bring you several pages of options. There are also websites on the Internet that act as directories for thousands of volunteer organizations all over the country. These sites are easy to find, easy to use and will give you the results you are looking for.

Many of the local community organizations will either be in need of volunteers, Oregon they will have ways that you can get in touch with the groups in your areas. Local churches, schools and even the city hall will have some kind of resource that you can use to find the volunteer organization that suits you the best.

Your local churches are usually the central point where volunteer organizations spread the word about needing help. If the kind of volunteer work you are looking for involves helping other people, then you will usually find the kind of information you need at a local church. In some instances, the church itself may be the organization that recruits volunteers for local charitable organizations.

Another helpful public resource where volunteer organizations tend to post information is the public library. You can also ask if the library hosts a volunteering job fair on occasion. When you are looking for a central hub where the community meets and exchanges information on opportunities, the local library is usually a good place to start.

People often overlook the charitable work that is done by the company that they work for. You may find that your company is deeply involved in several charitable ventures with local organizations and your participation would be appreciated. Talk to the human resources professionals at your company and ask if the company sponsors or gets involved in volunteer work.

If you are interested in finding volunteer work in your area, then another good approach is to start attending community events and talk to the people who represent the various organizations. One of the great side-effects to attending community functions to find volunteer opportunities is that you get to discover the vast array of things there are to do in your community. When you start hunting for volunteer work in your area by personally networking with others, you will be surprised at the variety of new things you discover about your community.

Volunteering in your local area offers a lot of benefits. Even though you are willing to donate your time, you will still need to put in the effort necessary to find the organizations which are looking for volunteers. Along the way, you will get to meet new people and discover a whole bunch of new things about yourself and the community in which you live.

The following organizations are outstanding resources for those looking to volunteer in their community or further afield:

United We Serve
America's Natural and Cultural Resources Volunteer Portal
Volunteering and Civic Life in America
VolunteerMatch - Where Volunteering Begins
vInspired – Find a Volunteering Opportunity