Three questions about volunteering
1. Is volunteering just about running errands?
Not at all. Lots of organisations match volunteers to older people’s needs or those with disabilities. But you can also turn your passion into a good deed:
- Perhaps you’re a talented graffiti artist and can brighten up a youth club
- Perhaps you can speak another language or can teach others about your birth culture
- Perhaps you love baking and can help a preschool with a cooking session
2. What volunteering can I do from home?
Covid-19 demonstrated that it was still possible to volunteer – even when normal life was turned upside down. All types of volunteers were required: from delivering food and medicine. To talking to those who were lonely or in need over the phone.
If you need to volunteer from home, you could tell stories over video to children in hospital. Write a newsletter for a charity or community group… Perhaps even look after an animal for a shelter!
Being at home also doesn’t stop you looking for opportunities in the future – particularly if you’re interested in volunteering overseas, which requires more planning.
3. Do you get paid for volunteering?
No. The definition of a volunteer is that you don’t get paid. But when you apply for a job, having experience of volunteering on your CV will show employers that you have the determination to improve your skills and can work well with others. Occasionally, a volunteer role can lead to a full-time job, too.