Making a Match
by Susan J. Ellis
"Shopping" for a Volunteer Job
Being sure that you have found the right volunteer activity for you will help make the experience the best it can be:
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- If an agency description or a volunteer opportunity looks intriguing to you, call the agency and mention that you are interested in learning more about volunteering within the organization. The agency may offer to send you written material or may suggest scheduling a phone or in-office interview.
- When shopping for a volunteer job, it is recommended that you arrange to tour the agency, speak with paid staff and/or unpaid staff (volunteers) and learn about the organization and its volunteer program. You might want to ask about written volunteer job descriptions, inquire about training opportunities, and discuss your motivation for and interest in volunteering.
- As you hunt for a volunteer job, you can expect to be interviewed by agency representatives who are responsible for determining the appropriateness of potential volunteers. As a volunteer, you will be expected to complete the assignment you have accepted and perform the job to the best of your ability.
- Be patient - not every volunteer job is right for every volunteer. It is important to give yourself time to explore a variety of opportunities within the different agencies. While one particular job may not be ideal for you, dozens of other volunteer assignments may meet your needs and expectations.
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