Ashley Douglas

Finding a volunteer position that fits

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Ashley Douglas,

Account Executive
SOS - Association
Management Solutions

Committing to volunteer can end up being the equivalent of a part time job! It can be quite the commitment in addition to your “real job.” As you are doing your research, remember to sign up for a cause you’re passionate about, be realistic about the time commitment you are willing to dedicate to the cause, and research the organization before you sign yourself up. As you’re looking, put forth the same amount of effort into looking for a volunteer position as you would a part time job. A good volunteer posting should include:

  • Purpose of the position — how will you, as a volunteer, be working toward the project or organization’s goal?
  • Length of the volunteer term — from a few hours to the course of a few years- be sure you know what you are signing yourself up for!
  • Location of volunteering — is the project a reasonable distance? Perhaps the project is virtual — virtual volunteering is on the rise (and is commonly listed on volunteer search sites as part of the description) and making it more convenient to volunteer from the comfort of your home or office
  • Description of expected duties — be aware of what it is you will be doing. A thorough description should not leave you wondering what exactly is expected of you as volunteer. Look for a list of duties or tasks that match your needs and interests