When you think of volunteering what words come to mind?

Fun? Boring? Requirement?

Some people genuinely enjoy giving their time to a cause they are passionate about, while others may think of volunteering and say “NO WAY!”

Volunteering is a different experience for everyone. However, you can make your volunteering experience into one that you love! You’re probably thinking, “How can I do that?” All you have to do is think outside of the box.

Use your interests to enhance your skills while supporting a good cause!

If you are into photography, videography or social media look for volunteer opportunities that involve multimedia with local non-profits. If you like to cook, search for volunteer opportunities with community food programs. If you like to work with children, look for opportunities at your local library or community center.

Volunteering not only shows how you serve others, but it is also a great way to learn and gain real world work experience.

Working and going to school can be difficult. When you volunteer you can choose a time that works best for you. Usually with college and scholarship applications showing that you are involved in the community is a big plus!

Feeling inspired yet?

Make a list of five things that interest you. Now, search for volunteer opportunities using keywords such as “local”, “nonprofit”, “volunteer”, plus your interests.

If there aren’t any opportunities in your area, create one! There are always contact lists on companies’ websites. Reach out to the volunteer coordinator or email the company’s general inbox to see if there are any additional opportunities that were not posted online.

Also, see who your teachers, mentors or family members know. They might have a connection with someone who can point you in the right direction.