Volunteer

Volunteering is more than just an actÖitís a beautiful act that positively impacts our community. Be beautiful today and find ways to get involved and become a direct connection to creating change in our streets, neighborhoods, City and community.

General Volunteer Application

If you are required to perform court-ordered community service, please visit our website’s page for our Community Alternative Sentencing program.

BE A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER -
HOST A DONATION DRIVE

You, your business or community organization can help our clients by hosting a donation drive for the important items they need! Itís an easy way to give back to your community. We have nine different programs here at HELP and all have diverse needs. You can host a donation drive for:

  • Baby food & formula
  • Food & non-perishables
  • Clothing Ė Infant through Adult
  • New underwear & socks
  • Bottled water
  • Hygiene items
  • Diapers & Wipes
  • Toys
  • School Supplies

Click here for Additional Information.

BE A GREAT VOLUNTEER

Part of having a great volunteer experience relies on your ability to be a great volunteer. These basic principles are good to keep in mind:

  • Be professional.
  • Honor your volunteer commitments.
  • Extend gratitude to an organization for any training or professional development you receive while volunteering.

7 TIPS FOR VOLUNTEERING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

  1. Research the causes or issues important to you.
    Look for a group that works with issues about which you feel strongly. You might already be giving money to one of these organizations, and that might be a good place to begin your volunteer experience.

  2. Consider the skills you have to offer.
    If you enjoy outdoor work, have a knack for teaching, or just enjoy interacting with people, you may want to look for volunteer work that would incorporate these aspects of your personality. Many positions require a volunteer who has previous familiarity with certain equipment, such as computers, or who possesses certain skills, such as ability in athletics or communications.

  3. Would you like to learn something new?
    Perhaps you would like to learn a new skill or gain exposure to a new situation. Consider seeking a volunteer opportunity where you'll learn something new. For example, volunteering to work on the newsletter for the local animal shelter will improve your writing and editing abilities - skills that may help you in your career. Or, volunteering can simply offer a change from your daily routine.

  4. Combine your goals.
    Look for volunteer opportunities that will also help you achieve your other goals for your life. For example, if you want to lose a few extra pounds, pick an active volunteer opportunity, such as cleaning a park or working with kids. Or, if you've been meaning to take a cooking class, try volunteering at a food bank that teaches cooking skills.

  5. Don't over-commit your schedule.
    Make sure the volunteer hours you want to give fit into your hectic life, so that you don't frustrate your family, exhaust yourself, shortchange the organization you're trying to help or neglect your job. Do you want a long-term assignment or something temporary? If you are unsure about your availability, or want to see how the work suits you before making an extensive commitment, see whether the organization will start you out on a limited number of hours until you get the feel of things. Better to start out slowly than to commit yourself to a schedule you can't or don't want to fulfill.

  6. Nonprofits may have questions, too.
    While most nonprofits are eager to find volunteer help, they have to be careful when accepting the services you offer. If you contact an organization with an offer to volunteer your time, you may be asked to come in for an interview, fill out a volunteer application, or describe your qualifications and your background just as you would at an interview for a paying job. It is in the organization's interest and more beneficial to the people it serves to make certain you have the skills needed, that you are truly committed to doing the work, and that your interests match those of the nonprofit. Furthermore, in volunteer work involving children or other at-risk populations, there are legal ramifications for the organization to consider.

  7. Consider volunteering as a family.
    Think about looking for a volunteer opportunity suitable for parents and children to do together, or for a husband and wife to take on as a team. When a family volunteers to work together at a nonprofit organization, the experience can bring them closer together, teach young children the value of giving their time and effort, introduce everyone in the family to skills and experiences never before encountered, and give the entire family a shared experience as a wonderful family memory.

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