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A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34
Seeing people in pain, hungry, or in any form of distress breaks my heart. I am a softy. My heart is THIS big. (You can’t see me stretching my arms but just imagine it). We are called to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus. We are called to take care of each other. To introduce strangers to Christ through our actions. I adore helping others, it’s a real passion of mine. I fully believe God placed me here to ease the suffering of others. I think this comes from a history of being in their position. God gave me a double dose of empathy and I am thankful for it.
Finding volunteer opportunities can be a time consuming process for some. So I thought I’d write this little post to help you not only find a volunteer gig but to find a ROCKSTAR STATUS Volunteer opp.
- Take Some Time to Reflect.
What is your passion? What cause pulls on your heart strings. What enrages you? What cause makes you feel in your very spirit that you can not sit idly by and allow this travesty to continue. Whatever that is for you, find an organization who is fighting the good fight and get involved.
Not sure what your passion is or you’re like me and feel super passionate about a variety of issues? Find your local United Way chapter and see what is needed in your community. Maybe your community has an advisory council, or a needs assessment like this One. While these reports are complex they are a great tool for students, volunteers, local officials, and the community at large. Pick a need that is greatly under served and use google to find agencies that are trying to meet those needs.
3. In the digital age that we are in sometimes it’s easiest to take to the internet to find your ideal fit. Great thing about this is you don’t need to talk to anyone until you’re ready. That is a big deal to a lot of people. No one wants a show or a salesy presentation. We just want some information and a little background on the organization… ok we want to completely cyber stalk the pants off the organization to make sure they are supporting values we are cool with. Sites like JustServe.org, Volunteermatch.org, Idealist.org, and the Hands On Network offer this in abundance.
4. Check with your church. Most churches have a variety of ministries who desperately need you. God has called us to utilize our talents to glorify his name. Church is not just some place you go to on Sundays and tell everyone you’ll see them next week. It’s a place for you to worship, pray, praise, and better the lives of others. Roll up your sleeves and dig in. If your church doesn’t have established programs than maybe God is calling you to create them.
5. Word of Mouth. Still the best form of advertising. Everyone has the one friend that people ask first for information on anything from what’s the best dry cleaners to the best doctor. Ask around and see what your friends and family are doing. It’s likely you might have similar pursuits. Also attend community events as see what agencies are there. You can get a flyer or brochure and see if they have services in line with your passion.
I hope this helped you find a service opportunity that speaks to you. Comment below and let me know if currently volunteer anywhere. Let’s get these causes some good PR.