Short term (episodic) or a regular commitment?
Volunteering doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Between work, children, aging parents, homes, hobbies, friends, appointments, and other commitments, you may not think you have much time left over. But your involvement can be as much-or as little time as you have.
You can volunteer sporadically, to help out at a special event, or on an on-going basis, for one day a week or a few days a year.
If you go away on holidays, your volunteer work can be put on hold or shared with another volunteer.
Front line help or behind-the-scenes support?
You can join your local community clean-up or lead the development the funding proposal.
Volunteering from home or out in the community?
Virtual volunteering can be done from home through Internet sites that link volunteers with recipients. You could connect to kids who need homework help or people who need a life coach.
Whatever you choose, be realistic about your commitment
Organizations can accommodate your interests and your time frame, no matter how little or how much you can do– but they do need you to show up when you say you will. The people they serve count on you.