Don’t let the cold weather keep you indoors…come out and volunteer! There are plenty of volunteer opportunites available this season.
Volunteering this winter is a great way to spend time with friends and family.
Here are some tips on how to find a volunteer opportunity that is right for you!
1) Search the web. Look at websites like http://www.volunteermatch.org/ and http://www.idealist.org/. This will give you an idea of what opportunites are out there and how you can use your skills, knowledge and abilities.
2) Start with organizations you know and find out more about them. For example at the American Red Cross, not only do we need volunteers to respond to disasters we also look for people to do disaster education, general office work, special events and all sorts of things. Visit http://www.chicagoredcross.org/ for more information.
3) Talk to your family, friends and co-workers. They might already volunteer somewhere or know of a place that could use your help.
4) Remember that you want to do something you love. This should be a fun experience that makes you feel great about helping others!