How Should I Begin: How Do We Decide?

Where should we volunteer?

Strategies for making your decision*

If you are like most parents, you have a lot on your mind. To make the best use of your time, we want to make sure that your volunteer experience is as rewarding as possible. Before you and your family begins volunteering, think about the types of projects you would be interested in. The following questions will help you brainstorm and recognize the types of experiences you would enjoy. When deciding where to volunteer, you may want to consider the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in volunteering?
  • What social issues are you (or your family) passionate about?
  • What are the ages of your children?
  • Who would you like to help?
  • What does your family enjoy doing together?
  • Would you like to do a one-time event or an ongoing opportunity?
  • How frequently would you be able to volunteer?
  • Would you like to volunteer with other families?
  • What talents and skills does your family have to offer?
  • What do you want your family to learn from the experience?
  • What days and times are you available for volunteering?

When asking these questions, invite your children to take part in the discussions. Ask them questions and listen carefully to what they have to say. The experience becomes more valuable for everyone if you take the time to assess every family member’s cooperation and enthusiasm when narrowing down the possibilities. Who knows, you may learn something about your children’s interests simply by involving them in this decision!

Once you have thought about these questions, feel free to browse through our Ideas List. You may come across some suggestions that would be perfect for you and your family!


* Adapted from The Busy Family’s Guide to Volunteering by Jenny Friedman[1]