Connecting people who want to volunteer with organizations that need volunteers. Supports nonprofit agencies with training, consulting, and promotion of volunteerism.
Questions About Volunteering
What do you need to know
- Who is a Volunteer? Volunteers are people who use their time, and talents to help out in the community. They are people who want to give, grow, and tackle new challenges and expand their social circle.
- What can I do? Almost anything. Use the skills you already have or develop new skills. Some examples of volunteer opportunities are public relations, interpreting, tutoring, computers, sports and recreation to name only a few.
- How much time does it take? As much or as little as your schedule permits. Volunteer opportunities are available during the day, evening and on weekends. Daily, weekly or monthly.
- What’s in it for me? Any experienced volunteer will tell you there is no feeling like the one you get from helping others. You will meet new people, make new friends, and expand your network of invaluable contacts. Great for the resume. Volunteering is a WIN-WIN experience.
Questions you may be asked as a prospective volunteer
- How did you hear about this volunteer opportunity?
- Why do you want to volunteer with this organization?
- Have you given your time previously as a volunteer?
- What skills or benefits would you like to gain from volunteering with the organization?
- What skills, abilities and qualities do you have to contribute to the organization?
- What are your interests?
- How long do you think you would like to be involved with our program?
- Are you prepared to attend training and or information sessions?
- Are you prepared to undergo screening and/or background police check for our safety, your safety, and our client’s safety?
What to ask
- What is the organization’s mission?
- What volunteer work will I be doing?
- May I see a written job description for my volunteer work?
- What is the required time commitment of the volunteer position?
- What skills will I be able to develop?
- Is there a trial period? How long?
- Who will I be reporting to?
- Will I be working with other volunteers?
- Does the volunteer position require any background checks?
- Is there orientation and training provided?
What are the principles of volunteering
- Volunteering benefits the community and the volunteer.
- Volunteer work is unpaid.
- Volunteering is always a matter of choice.
- Volunteering is a legitimate way in which citizens can participate in the activities of their community.
- Volunteering is a vehicle for individuals or groups to address human, environmental and social needs.
- Volunteering is an activity performed in the not profit sector only.
- Volunteering is not a substitute for paid work.
- Volunteers do not replace paid workers nor constitute a threat to the job security of paid workers.
- Volunteering respects the rights, dignity and culture of others. Volunteering promotes human rights and equality.
- Volunteers are people from all walks of life, all ages and stages. What they have in common is the desire to make a difference in their community – and in their own life – by giving of their time and expertise.
- Explore this site and discover how you can become part of a movement that is almost 12 million volunteers strong! Learn how you can make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteer Now! gives you the information you need to find a volunteer position that is right for you.
- Volunteers are involved in virtually every aspect of society including health, education, social services, youth, sports and recreation, culture, the arts and the environment. Some volunteers give just one hour of time each week; others devote many hours. Volunteers are involved in one-time events as well as ongoing commitments. Some choose to volunteer out in the community whereas others are virtual volunteers and do their volunteering from the comfort of home.
- Volunteers can work on their own or with others, do hands-on work or helps out at an administrative or leadership level.
- Volunteers play a vital role in our Community. Volunteers are engaged in delivering services and programs that improve and enhance residents’ lives in our communities.