April is Global Volunteer Month, a time to celebrate and participate in the power of volunteering. As we gear up for this inspiring month, here are 10 essential ways you can prepare to make the most of it:
1. Educate Yourself on the Importance of Volunteering
Understanding the impact of volunteering on communities and individuals is crucial. Read up on the stories of change and transformation brought about by volunteers around the world. This knowledge can fuel your motivation and commitment.
2. Check Out the Social Press Toolkit
Points of Light offers a comprehensive social press toolkit that is a treasure trove of information. This toolkit provides guidance on how to spread the word about Global Volunteer Month, share your stories and inspire others to join the cause. It’s a must-have resource for both new and seasoned volunteers.
3. Set Personal Volunteering Goals
What do you wish to achieve during Global Volunteer Month? It could be a certain number of volunteering hours, learning a new skill or helping a specific number of people. Setting clear, achievable goals can provide a sense of direction and accomplishment.
4. Search for In-Person and Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
The Engage platform is your go-to place to find both in-person and virtual volunteering opportunities. With a wide array of options, you can choose what resonates most with your interests and skills. Whether you have a few hours to spare or can commit to a long-term project, there’s something for everyone.
“Global Volunteer Month celebrates people who are creating change and making a lasting impact in communities around the world. Each of us can step into our power by stepping up to solve a problem we see by volunteering, using our voice, listening to others and working together. With community-serving organizations seeing a 7% drop in volunteers since the pandemic, we’re urging everyone to find a cause you care about and learn how you can get involved. Together, we can support each other and make our communities stronger.” — Chief Operating Officer Diane Quest
5. Connect with Other Volunteers
Join online forums, social media groups or local community gatherings of volunteers. Connecting with like-minded individuals can provide support, inspiration and even valuable networking opportunities.
6. Prepare Your Volunteering Kit
Depending on your chosen volunteering activity, prepare a kit. This could include items like comfortable clothing, snacks for the event, necessary tools or even educational materials if you’re teaching or mentoring.
7. Spread the Word
Use your personal and professional networks to spread the word about Global Volunteer Month. Encourage friends, family and colleagues to participate. The more people involved, the bigger the impact.
8. Reflect on Past Volunteering Experiences
If you’ve volunteered before, take some time to reflect on those experiences. What did you learn? What would you like to do differently this time? These reflections can guide your approach to the upcoming opportunities.
9. Plan for Flexibility
Sometimes, volunteering plans can change – projects evolve, or personal commitments shift. Go into Global Volunteer Month with a flexible mindset, ready to adapt and embrace whatever comes your way.
10. Celebrate Your Impact
Finally, remember to celebrate the impact of your volunteer work. Recognizing the difference you make can be incredibly rewarding and can spur ongoing commitment to volunteering.
By following these steps, you’ll be well-prepared to make a meaningful contribution during Global Volunteer Month. Let’s join hands and hearts to make a difference in our communities and beyond!