Volunteering can be done from home
South Waikato district co-ordinator Where would we be without our volunteers!
With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family and your community.
Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of people, animals, and organisations in need. New friends and networks; One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighbourhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities. Go that one step further and get the whole whanau involved. Volunteering as a family; While it might be a challenge to co- ordinate everyone’s schedules, volunteering as a family has many worthwhile benefits. Children watch everything you do. By giving back to the community, you show them first hand how volunteering makes a difference and how good it feels to help other people, animals and enact change. Keeping physically healthy; Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial for older adults.
Whether due to a lack of transportation, time constraints, a disability or other reasons, many people prefer to volunteer via phone or computer. There are many projects where you can help. Writing and graphic design lends itself to working at home, and in today’s digital age many organisations might also need help with email, websites and data inputting.
Where do I find volunteer opportunities?
In South Waikato there are numerous volunteer opportunities available. The key is to find a volunteer position that you would enjoy and are capable of doing. It’s also important to make sure that your commitment matches the organisation’s needs.
Getting the most out volunteering
You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering. You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. If you have any questions, be sure to speak up. Make sure you know what’s expected and understand the time commitment. Volunteers Required South Waikato Super Sports is coming up onFebruary 20-22. Contact Larry on 07 886 5568 or 027 488 1954 if you are interested in volunteering.