How Should I Begin: Helpful Tips All Volunteers Should Know

Don’t be afraid to try new things!
This is the best way to learn, grow and develop new skills. (For parents – it’s a way to be a terrific role model for your children.)

Follow through on your commitments.
If you find that your schedule has become extremely tight and you are too busy to continue volunteering, let your supervisor know. He or she may be disappointed, but they will understand. Good communication is vital for volunteering and it is much better to be clear.

Give your volunteer supervisor some advance notice.
It takes a lot of time and work to prepare for volunteers and figure out what projects will work out best for your family’s time, talents, and interests. Make sure you give people adequate time in advance so they can best fill their needs.

Have some ideas of projects you could do.
If volunteer supervisors aren’t sure how your family could best help, suggest a couple of ideas your family may be able to help with. (This advice is especially important with a volunteer coordinator who has never met you and doesn’t know your talents or values. Check out our Idea List for some volunteer possibilities you might enjoy.)

Be flexible.
It’s healthy to be willing to change some of the details of your volunteer projects – people and communities have real needs, and the needs can change based on outside circumstances.

Follow up with the volunteer supervisors.
They may be overwhelmed with projects and assignments, so don’t take it personally if they don’t get back to you immediately. Take the initiative and call or send a friendly email reminder in a week or so.

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