Volunteer Even If Your Time Is Limited

Do you want to volunteer your services, but feel the time you have available to devote to volunteering is too short to make a difference?  Even if you can contribute a limited amount of time to volunteering you can still make a worthwhile contribution.

Think back to people in your life who have made an impact on you.  Remember the time it took for them to make a lasting impression on you.  There is surely at least one person who had a good influence on your life in a short period of time.  An individual may have contributed to your life in a positive manner by way of a small gesture they made or something they said to you.  If someone was able to positively influence your life in a short time, you can do the same for others.

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do.  When you volunteer you receive more from the experience than those who are benefiting from your hard work.  There is someone out there who is waiting for you to donate some time to help make their life a little better and perhaps a little less lonely.  Don’t let the fact that you only have a little time to devote to volunteering keep you from using that time for the benefit of another person.

When you decide to volunteer you want to consider what your obligation is going to entail.  If you do not know what you are expected to accomplish and the time necessary for the tasks, volunteering can be a frustrating experience.  Often when you are discussing taking on a volunteer position the person outlining the work is underestimating the time needed to do a quality job.  Perhaps the person discussing the position is not aware of the time needed to complete the tasks.  Perhaps the last person volunteering in this position did not do a thorough job and let some things go undone.  Perhaps the person discussing the volunteer position with you got the information from someone else and is not familiar with the position at all.

Make your own informed decision about whether or not you have the time needed for the volunteer position.  Regardless of what you are told, learn about the expectations of the job and the time and skills involved to handle it properly.  If you think the commitment will be more than you can handle and will require more time than you can devote to it, find a different volunteer position that will be a better match for you.  You want your volunteer experience to be positive and not frustrating.

You may find that once you have become involved in positive volunteer experiences you find them very rewarding.  You may even be able to find additional time in your busy schedule that will allow you to increase your volunteer efforts and devote more time to it.  Whatever time and effort you can devote to volunteering will be appreciated by those people and organizations you are helping.