Boost Your Resume
Future employers like seeing that you volunteer your time and are able to manage your time well enough to take on an unpaid position. They like to know that you are a team player. Even volunteering part-time – like on nights and weekends – can show a potential employer your drive and ambition.
Many companies will sponsor an annual community service project. If you have experience in non-profit, a potential employer will see this as a benefit
Volunteer work shows future employers that you're a caring, committed person. It also gives you time to learn and develop a sense of self, a characteristic future employers look for. Being around experienced people who will be patient with you, answer your questions and let you succeed and fail without judgment is a huge career-building opportunity.
Increase Your Acceptance for Financial Aid Packages, Scholarships and Grants
This is the main reason students volunteer. Different plans require a certain number of community service hours before graduation. In order to be considered a volunteer, an individual must donate their services for religious, humanitarian or public service reasons without promise of compensation or other payment, advancement or reward. For-Profit companies are not allowed to use volunteers unless it's for a charity event.
Build A Network
Volunteering is an excellent way to meet people. These people are potential employers, friends and contacts for your future. If you volunteer in a field that you are interested in, these contacts could be very important to you after graduation.
Volunteering makes you feel good. One person can truly make a real difference in the world. By helping someone else, you help yourself.
Build Upon Your Existing Skills
If there is an aspect of yourself that you wish to improve upon, volunteering can help you learn new skills. Certain jobs can teach you to be more outgoing, organized, and creative. You can learn a trade, gain experience, practice a foreign language, or learn how to relate to another branch of society other than your own.
Make Decisions About Your Future
If you are unsure about your college major or future avenue of employment, volunteering is an excellent way to explore your passions. Search for a position that is related to your field of study. Are you interested in working with a particular segment of the population? Do you want to work in a particular trade? Do you want to be a veterinarian, a Counselor, a teacher, an event planner, a disaster relief specialist? Maybe there's something you've always been interested in but didn't know much about? Maybe you can find a brand new field of interest. The possibilities are endless and chances are there's a non-profit in that field that needs your help.
What to Look For in a Volunteer Program
- Volunteering can be a daunting decision for some. If you don't know someone at the event or have not volunteered before, it can be a very challenging decision. There are no rules as to what make a good volunteer program, but there are some guidelines you can follow.
- Set realistic goals and expectations and understand your motivation for volunteering. Do you want to learn something new? What type of project interests you: fundraising, sporting events, event planning, environmental? Are you looking for experience in a specific field of interest? Would you like to work with a certain demographic: children, teens, elderly? You need to be clear about what types of jobs you are willing to do.
- Know exactly what days and hours you can work. Consider your school schedule, your study schedule, your work schedule, travel time and transportation. Do you need to work close to home?
- Once you've determined what you want out of the experience, Charitable Hours can help you find an opportunity that delivers what you're looking for. When you find a listing that sounds like a good match, call the volunteer coordinator. Some useful things to ask include the following:
- Who will supervise or guide the volunteer work?
- Will any training be provided?
- Are there any skill requirements?
- What are the hours? What exactly will I be doing?
- Is any special clothing or equipment required?
Many organizations are staffed solely by volunteers who do not work full time. You may have to leave a message to speak to the volunteer coordinator. If working for a particular organization is important to you, you may need to call a few times to follow up with your inquiry. Many desirable volunteer positions fill up very quickly as soon as the job is posted.
How it Works
- Organizations post their volunteer opportunities on Charitablehours.org
- Volunteers log on to Charitablehours.org
- Volunteers search by interest and location for volunteer jobs.
- Volunteers contact the organization directly for more information and to set up their work schedule.
Secure and Safe
All organizations are vetted by Charitable Hours before being accepted and all data is securely stored. Charitable Hours will not sell any of the data it receives — no exceptions. And although you can see contact information for organizations, they cannot see yours unless you sign up for an event and grant them access.