You’re finally getting around to that New Year’s resolution that you made back in January to give back in your community, but aren’t quite sure where to start.
There are a lot of great organizations out there, but how do you pick where you should volunteer? You could turn to a step-by-step guide for choosing an agency like this one from Idealist.org or another list of suggestions from The Volunteer Family.
Deciding where to volunteer may depend on what you hope to accomplish.
- If you are pursuing a career in a health-related field, you may want to consider these factors listed by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
- If you are college student unsure of your career path, volunteering with an organization could give you new skills and help decide future job prospects, according to The College Board. In addition to meeting new people, you would show colleges or future employers how committed you were to making your community a better place.
- Volunteering isn’t just for 20-somethings. Seniors can not only make new friends by giving back, but research shows emotional and health benefits from getting involved and working with organizations.
When you volunteer, you are helping those who need it most in your community and you are getting some benefits too. Volunteering gave subjects in a research study a greater social well-being, according to Prevention Magazine.
If those benefits were not enough, here are 10 reasons why you should get involved in community service.
So, you may be asking yourself, Where can I volunteer in Kissimmee? Or, Where can I volunteer in St. Cloud?
Maybe you would like to help out The Transition House. We have two ongoing volunteer opportunities listed on VolunteerMatch. Or, you can fill out a volunteer application on our Help Us Change Lives in Osceola County page.