Perhaps you have some downtime or maybe you were laid off from your job and have a lot of time on your hands. I want people to feel inspired and feel good about themselves and their contributions. Take the time to find your interests and volunteer. I for one love animals, specifically cats. After the passing of my cat last year I felt I had to do something. I couldn’t just wallow in misery and dwell. It’s not healthy.
Why not take my passion for kittens and use my current skills to help out somehow. That’s when I discovered VolunteerMatch.com. Check it out. You can search all types of areas of interest to offer your time and volunteer. When you think of volunteering it’s not the traditional type where you have to show in person every time. Today in 2016 and with the advancements in technology, you can work remotely from home and complete volunteer opportunities. I have been volunteering with a great nonprofit organization called KittyKind.org. They are based out of NYC but have many volunteer and foster opportunities available. Check out their website here for more information.
If animals is not your thing you can try other sites like New York Cares or VolunteerMatch.org like I mentioned. The website features opportunities nationwide. You can filter opportunities by location, age, skill set. Make use of your time and make a difference. Do you like to teach? You can help student learn an English as a second language. Are you computer savvy? You can teach others to learn how to do basic computer functions like send an email. Find an opportunity that matches your interests and also make a positive difference in the lives of others.
You won’t only be helping to make a positive change and difference in your community, you will also feel a sense of accomplishment yourself. Volunteering is a great way to make new friendships and also stay active. I’ve learned it gives me a sense of fulfillment and also you have shared interests with other like-minded individuals. For those of you who are unemployed, you never know by volunteering and networking in the organization, you could stumble upon your next full time paid opportunity. Volunteering is not only helping others, it’s helping yourself too!
Here are a list of organizations you may want to explore:
Here are additional ideas of places to volunteer:
- Local library
- Local animal shelters
- Food Pantry
- Habitat for Humanity
- Art Museums
- Retirement homes