Volunteering: To Give to Others is to Give to Yourself

June 17, 2017

Recently, I downloaded a variety of apps from different news outlets and allowed each to send me push notifications. In retrospect, this was not a wise decision. While some may wake up to good morning texts, I wake up to the latest news of violence and deception. It’s made it hard to see the good in the world. My solution? Volunteer. Here a few sites that will connect you to different volunteer opportunities that will allow you to see the good in the world.

 

 Photo: Perry Grone on Unsplash

 

Do Something

 

Do Something is a volunteer matching service that allows you to choose a cause, how much time you want to dedicate, and the type of activity you would like to do. It’s great for people who are looking for a variety of volunteering opportunities that are related to a specific cause. The site does require you to create an account to sign up for the opportunities offered.

 

Volunteer Match

 

Volunteer Match is another volunteer matching service that allows you to create a profile including individual skills, causes, and your resume. Unlike Do Something, Volunteer Match shows you a wide variety of volunteer opportunities rather than specific ones that match a specific cause. This site does require some extra effort when creating your profile, especially when listing your skill set.

 

Help from Home

 

Help from Home is a matching service that matches you with volunteer opportunities that will not require you to leave your couch. While it is a U.K. based site, anyone can participate.

 

Have you used these sites or do you have other sites you would recommend? Let us know in the comments or with #stepupmagazine.

 

Maggie Campbell is a 19-year-old rising sophomore at Ohio University studying journalism.  Maggie currently serves on the executive board of the 2015-2016 Society of Professional Journalists National Outstanding Campus Chapter.

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