Celebrating Volunteerism – Now and in the Future

April is National Volunteer Month and right now, many of us are trying to figure out what that looks like. How do we celebrate when we are sheltering in place? There are still many opportunities to volunteer – by sowing masks, by delivering commodities to homeless shelters and area nonprofits, by writing notes to homebound seniors and more. You can see current volunteer opportunities here. For when we have more flexibility with our movement and can volunteer more in person again though, we thought we would share some insights. Happy volunteering! 

April is National Volunteer Month and right now, many of us are trying to figure out what that looks like. How do we celebrate when we are sheltering in place? There are still many opportunities to volunteer – by sowing masks, by delivering commodities to homeless shelters and area nonprofits, by writing notes to homebound seniors and more. You can see current volunteer opportunities here. For when we have more flexibility with our movement and can volunteer more in person again though, we thought we would share some insights. Happy volunteering! 

Every day we can see the needs in our cities and towns. We hear about them on the news and we see them on our social media channels. We want to help, but how do we do that? Across our counties there are so many nonprofits and organizations that are providing for our neighbors in need, it can be overwhelming to determine where to lend a hand. A few tips on how to get started when you want to volunteer:

  1. Ask yourself: What am I passionate about? What cause resonates with me?
  2. Look into your availability. We know that everyone is busy, so there are many ways that people can volunteer. See when you are available – is it weekends, workday evenings, or just an hour midday? Figure out what times and days are best for you.
  3. Jump on in! Visit Engage UGA’s GivePulse page to see where volunteers are needed and sign up. Many nonprofits list their volunteer opportunities here and it’s a great resource for getting plugged in.

Wherever and however you volunteer, we are grateful for your willingness to give your service to the organizations serving our region. Together we can make anything happen. Together we can fight poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, domestic violence, educational disparities, and more. We are excited to see you out there in the community being the helpers we know you are.

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