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A Simple Guide to Volunteer in Your Community

Author: Don Martelli
Published: June 26, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Our schedules can be hectic and sometimes it's hard to find ways to volunteer and give back to the community. To keep yourself on track and get those volunteer hours stacked up, here are five tips.

Set Goals by Numbers

Giving back is a good thing, but if you can't benchmark your time and effort, it'll be hard to keep yourself on track and measure how much you're doing on behalf of others. For example, you might want to set aside one to three percent of your working hours, which equates to roughly four to seven days per year if you work full time. Once you decide on a goal, track your progress and go from a novice to an all-star volunteer that's known to the community you work with. 

You Don't Need a Commitment

Free days are a great way to spend volunteering. If you have already researched organizations that can use your help without requiring long commitments or advance notice, all you have to do is show up.

Take Advantage of the Holidays

There is a wide range of holidays where your kids might be out of school or you have off from work (for example, Columbus Day or President's Day). Take advantage of those days and spend some time giving back to others.

Do It Online

There are some online portals that enable busy people to volunteer in a unique way that fits into busy schedules. Large tasks are broken up into small parts, so volunteers can complete the task in whatever time they have available, often right from their laptop or smartphone. The tasks are typically small enough to fit into those random moments that allow for multitasking, like waiting in line or watching your child's soccer practice.

Ask Your Employer

Employers will often allow employees to volunteer during the week.  Why not take advantage of that offer and rally the troops you work with to do the same.

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Article Author: Don Martelli

Known on the social web as “BigGuyD,” Don Martelli is just a dad, moonlighting as a digital marketer, photog and civilian journalist. He's the executive editor for Technorati. Connect with him at www.donmartelli.com.

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