Finding Volunteer Opportunities Through Your Company

Too often you don’t get what we want at work because we don’t know how to navigate the organizational culture, or you might be shy or simply just do not have the skills. This month we will give you tools and techniques for achieving the desires of your heart on the job.

Volunteer

Shirley Chisholm said my service is the rent I pay for the space I occupy on this earth.

Many of us get so busy with our day to day obligations…work…family…more work…more family stuff …maybe school…that we don’t have time to volunteer for causes that are of interest to us.
Most companies are actively involved in some type of community efforts and often allow employees to use normal work hours to participate in such causes.

Serving your community is obviously a good thing to do. It can also be a good thing for your career. You may learn new skills such a leadership, speaking, administration, etc. and may also get noticed by the top brass in your company.

It is not a good idea to volunteer just so you will be noticed. However, if you genuinely give of yourself in service, chances are you will be rewarded in more ways than you can ever imagine. The main way will be the sheer satisfaction of knowing that you contributed to making a difference in someone else’s life.

How to get started

  1. Check with your HR department to see if your company has a volunteer match program where you can choose the type of volunteer effort that best meets your interests.
  2. Review the company’s website to see if there if mention of past volunteer activities and their results.
  3. Check out bulletin boards around the company that may advertise volunteer opportunities.
  4. Talk with co-workers and friends who have participated in various types of volunteer activities to learn more about their experiences and the impact on their lives.
  5. Research the various non-profit organizations that your company supports to determine the best match for you.
  6. Think about how much time you can commit because you don’t want to sign up for something and then not be able to follow through.

Happy Volunteering!

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