So you want to volunteer, but you are not sure how to get started. Volunteermatch.org provides this insightful guide to becoming a volunteer:
6 steps to getting started as a volunteer
3. Does Cause Matter? — Cause refers to the specific mission of an organization: the goals they are working for. Do you find yourself energized and inspired to change the world in one specific fashion?
4. Now You Can Start — Once you’ve thought about availability, environment and cause, you’re ready to search. But where do you start? We recommend VolunteerMatch.org, of course! Don’t forget our virtual opportunities, which you can do from anywhere. That means even though you’re based in Ohio, you can help a Florida organization save manatees.
6. Give Back and Get Ahead — Finally, don’t be afraid to look for opportunities that can help you professionally or academically. Lots of projects will look great on your resume or your college application. The more you can find something that aligns your needs with the needs of a nonprofit organization, the more likely you are to have a great experience.
For more tips on volunteering and connecting to a non-profit in your area, visit Volunteer Match at http://www.volunteermatch.org/index.jsp