How to Become a Local Volunteer

4 steps to make a difference in your community

It’s easy to complain about the state that our world is in. But it’s hard to stop venting and do something about it.

Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” We all want to see the world change for the better, and the first step is to realize that change starts with us. Volunteering in your community gives you a platform to help those in need and reach the world that is suffering right in your own backyard. Follow these four steps to becoming a local volunteer.

Step 1: Decide what your passions are

What is it about your community and the world that you feel you could help to change for the better? Coming up blank? Try talking to people who are community volunteers to see what made them decide to volunteer. Another place to look for volunteer motivation is websites that offer compelling stories that might stir your passion.

Step 2: Decide how much time you have to devote to becoming a volunteer

Determine how much time you have to give on a weekly or monthly basis. According to Volunteer Power Crew, a website that encourages people to make a lifelong commitment to volunteering, it's important to be dependable when volunteering since local organizations rely largely on volunteer commitments, as opposed to employees, to reach their communities. So be honest with yourself about how much time you can regularly devote to a volunteer project.

Step 3: Find a local organization that is a good match for you

Explore the Internet to find websites devoted to pairing good people with good causes. Doing a little research will help you find local volunteer jobs that fit your passions and allow you to start being the change that you wish to see.

Step 4: Treat your volunteer position as responsibly as you would your paying job

Taking the steps to ensure your success when becoming a local volunteer, as outlined by Volunteer Power Crew, such as being on time, treating the staff with respect and following the agency’s guidelines and rules, will assure you a place in a local volunteer job. Once these organizations see your passion and commitment to their causes, you'll be on your way to changing the world for the better -- starting in your own community.

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