Are you a current or past manager of volunteers? If so, you are invited to attend next meeting of the Volunteer Center of Burlington County’s Forum for Volunteer Managers – Monday, September 9th – 3 pm at Burlington County Library – Main Branch – Westampton, NJ – For more information email – volcenter@hot mail.com or call the Center’s mobile line at 856-761-4950. See you there!
HOW TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
If you have never volunteered, here are a few tips on how to get started:
Ask yourself the following questions:
• What am I interested in doing as a volunteer?
• Do I want to do something I am good at? What do I want to learn about? Do I want to learn a new skill? Do I want to volunteer in something that is related to my job?
• How much time can I dedicate to volunteering? Do I want to volunteer on a daily, weekly, monthly, or episodic basis?
• Do I have an area of expertise that would benefit an organization?
• Would I volunteer in person, or be a volunteer online (cyber-volunteer)? Can I volunteer from home or work? How can I get to the volunteer location?
Once you have answered these questions:
• Contact the Volunteer Center of Burlington County to find a listing of volunteer opportunities and to learn about organizations needing volunteers.
• Call organizations that match your volunteer interest, abilities, and availability.
• Schedule an appointment to meet with the organization’s manager of volunteers.
• Ensure that you have a good match between the organization and yourself before you begin to volunteer.
• Complete any paperwork (application, background check, etc.) needed in order to volunteer.
When looking for a place to volunteer, how do you know whether a particular organization is likely to provide a positive experience where your abilities will be well utilized? While there are no guarantees, there are some things to look for:
• Does the organization have a volunteer job description clearly defining what you will be doing? If not, is the organization’s contact person able to explain to you what you will be doing?
• What kind of training/orientation does the organization provide?
• Who will be your supervisor? Will that person be easily accessible to you?
• Is there enough for you to do?
• Will you be working by yourself or with other volunteers?
• Where will you work? Does the organization have a workplace for you?
• How does the paid staff respond to volunteers?
• What time commitment is required? How does this coincide with how you see yourself volunteering – is it too much or too little?