How to volunteer
How I did it: I found myself in a situation where I needed to do some "community service". I quickly realized that you should say "volunteering" instead, because one thing that typically precedes "community service" is "court ordered", and there's no reason to stigmatize yourself.
For a while, I was at a loss for where to volunteer. I asked around, looked online, and found 2 places that I liked. One was a local community radio station that needed volunteers during its pledge drive. The other was an area food bank that needed someone to do data entry and executive assistant stuff for the summer.
I had a great time at both.
Lessons & tips: When selecting where you're volunteering, think of what it's important to you. Try to be mindful of things in your life that you enjoy or have a particular gift for doing.
Ask your family and friends if they know of anywhere, but let them know that you're just curious; otherwise you're likely to get volunteered for volunteering without agreeing to it.
I liken to experience to the Jim Carey movie "Yes Man". I took some chances, agreed to do some things that were outside of my comfort zone, and really enjoyed it. I didn't generally like dealing with people, and was put in situations where I had to. Everything went better than expected.
- Community radio station
- the movie "Yes Man"
- area food bank