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Tips for Volunteering

Be Selective
Think about the causes and issues that matter to you, and be selective about where you spend your time. Choosing opportunities that make you feel good while helping others builds stronger communities, and enriches your own life at the same time. Whether it’s working with children, helping repair homes for families in need, or improving people’s health, find out what cause is closest to your heart and make a difference.

Choose Carefully
United Way works with local nonprofits to develop the best opportunities for youth, busy working adults and seniors to serve. When you work with your local United Way , you can feel confident about the quality of the opportunity you choose and about the organization you donate your time to support.

Consider Your Skills
Look for volunteer opportunities that let you utilize your skills and interests. Would you rather spend your time interacting with people or accomplishing outdoor tasks? Do you have special training that will fulfill specific needs? Working within your existing skill set can maximize your efforts.

Learn New Skills
Volunteering can also teach you valuable new skills that you can use in other parts of your life. For example, learning how to handle crisis calls may help you communicate better. Selecting volunteer opportunities that are outside of your normal activities allows you to develop and grow as a person while helping others.

Consider Volunteering as a Family
Group volunteering is a rewarding way to bond with your family. Not only will you create lasting memories, but you will also help someone in need. Visit our Volunteering as a Family section for additional information on selecting opportunties that are suitable for both children and adults.