How To Be a Great Volunteer

Tom Brokaw sure got it right when he said, “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” While volunteering can be quite an undertaking, when you go in with the right attitude and drive, you can make a difference. In this post, we will go over some great ways you can be a better volunteer.

  1. Stay informed: One of the most obvious, but most important things to do as a volunteer is make sure you have all the information available to you. Try to get to know as much as you can about the organization, its history, goals and values. Nonprofit Hub explains that when you are informed, you spend less time asking others what to do and you will show initiative.
  2. Don’t over-commit: We all want to do a good job, but it helps no one if you burn yourself out. Think about how much time you can comfortably commit and stick to it. Network For Good explains it is better to start slowly with your time and add in more if you are feeling good.
  3. Stay connected: Minnesota Council of Nonprofits suggests that every volunteer should have a clear contact they can report to. Without designated points of contact, it can be easy to get lost—especially for a new volunteer.
  4. Have a positive attitude: Be a bright light in your organization! Nonprofit Hub explains that volunteer work can be hard and having a positive attitude can keep up the momentum. Not only will it make the work more fun, but it will uplift those around you.
  5. Take stock of your skills: What are you strongest at? Everyone comes into a volunteer position with strengths and areas of growth. Think about your strongest assets that you could bring to the organization. Network For Goodsays that this works best for you and your organization because you will need less training and you can jump right into your work.

Volunteering is a wonderful, selfless way to contribute to a cause you care about. By stepping into the role, you are already demonstrating your willingness to help. However, with these tips, you can go the extra mile.