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Is volunteering for you?

Yes, it is.

The answer is that simple, because no matter who you are, you have the ability to make a difference in someone else’s life and – in the process – your own life as well.

The key is to find the right fit.

In this article, we have answered some of the usual questions that we face…

“My work/ commitments don’t allow me to volunteer at a specific time every week.”

Whether you have an erratic work schedule, are a stay at home mother of a young child or a retired professional you can still volunteer, without having to commit to periodically being at a specific place for a specific time.  NGOs require a host of services – for example: legal advice, copyediting, research, fund raising, public relations and communication, graphic designing, web site development, tax and accounting, management and strategic advisory and a variety of other services.  Most of these can be undertaken whenever your existing commitments permit and – thanks to telephones, email and skype – without even having to be physically present.

“I’m too old”

It’s unlikely that you’re ever too old to help someone else.  You might not be able to volunteer hours of physically demanding work, but you do have something very important to offer – your time and your experience.  You could, for example, volunteer to teach, train or offer career guidance to younger people in whichever field your forte lies.

“I’m just starting out in my career, so shouldn’t I be spending my free time developing my own skills?”

Yes, but what if you could do both? Volunteering is a great way to learn a new skill and to learn more about a particular field.  For example, fund raising could help you practice and improve your selling skills, while volunteering to design a brochure, could expand your already existing graphic designing skills. It is also a great way to hone your ‘soft’ skills, such as teamwork, problem solving and communication, as well as to connect with other people in your line of work.

“I’m so stressed with work and other commitments, I don’t think I’d be any good at volunteering”

Volunteering is actually a great way to de-stress, unwind and forget about the problems that plague you. Doing something for someone else is known to reduce stress levels, be a mood booster and even to help alleviate depression.

Certain types of projects – volunteering to clean a park or a beach, for example – could also mean physical exercise, another way to de-stress.

The simple answer is that volunteering is for anyone and for everyone. The possibilities are endless, as are the benefits to everyone involved. You just have to find the right fit and PledgeBack can show you how.

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