How to find a good place to volunteer

If you would like to find a way to give some of your time to make your community — or the world — a better place, there are plenty of opportunities. Here are some ways to find them. Ask your friends. This is not only easy and convenient, but by w

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  • If you would like to find a way to give some of your time to make your community — or the world — a better place, there are plenty of opportunities. Here are some ways to find them.

  • Ask your friends

  • This is not only easy and convenient, but by working with your friends you can make volunteering much more fun. Anything that you enjoy doing you’ll likely do more, too.

  • Check at church

  • If you regularly attend religious services of any sort, ask the leader there if there are any opportunities to serve. Chances are good that the response will be affirmative, and you’ll have found an opportunity to give that builds on your faith.

  • Look at school

  • If you are a student, regardless of the level of education, there is likely to be a few dozen organizations that are looking for volunteers to support a variety causes. If a casual glance around campus doesn’t yield immediate prospects, just start asking around. It won’t take long to find.

  • Inquire at work

  • More and more companies, recognizing their "corporate social responsibility" as they call it, are doing more to engage in some form of public service. Many employers, large and small, are organizing projects in which employees can participate. Others are encouraging employees to leave their desks to volunteer independently.

  • Check online

  • The resources for finding service opportunities online are endless. Start with a good search for “volunteering in ” and insert the name of your town. You’ll quickly find a variety of options for service.

  • Visit your local community center

  • Most communities have created community centers that provide a variety of services. The community center not only needs volunteers but is likely served by a number of organizations that need volunteers.

  • Help the homeless

  • Every city, regardless of size, has a homeless population and organizations that serve them. Stop by and offer to help. It won’t take long for them to put you to work.

  • Plan a service vacation

  • You and your family can make a vacation much more meaningful by planning service. Countless organizations offer opportunities to volunteer around the country and internationally. A quick Google search for “service vacations” will get you started.

  • Call your city government

  • Most municipal governments need volunteers and also work with nonprofits to place volunteers. Call your city government and ask to talk with someone who can help you find a volunteer opportunity.

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  • Pay attention

  • Some of the most valuable service you will ever give will be the help you offer to someone who is right in front of you in need of help. It isn’t risk free, but when you step in to help people in their very moment of need, your impact is amplified.

  • Your opportunity to volunteer may already be right under your nose. Don’t delay. Don’t wait. Don’t postpone. Get started today in making your world just a little bit better.

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Devin Thorpe, husband, father, author of Your Mark On The World and a popular guest speaker, is a Forbes Contributor. Building on a twenty-five year career in finance and entrepreneurship that included $500 million in completed transactions, he now champions social good full time, seeking to help others succeed in their efforts to make the world a better place.

Website: http://www.yourmarkontheworld.com

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