Keeping This Year’s Resolution to Make a Difference
Each year, we all take a look at our lives and decide whether or not we should commit to starting positive habits or end ones that are detrimental to our lives. One of the most popular resolutions people come up with is to volunteer at a charity they believe in. While this is certainly a positive idea and one that will make a difference in the lives of those you help, it can be difficult for people to stick with it because of the amount of time volunteering takes out of a person’s life. If you want to make your resolution to help those in your community, follow these steps so you can stick with it and continue helping the community all year long.
Take an honest look at your schedule
Look at your schedule as objectively as possible to make sure you even have time to volunteer. Are you working two jobs, going back to school, or have children to take care of? Having any or all of these situations will hinder the amount of time you will want to spend volunteering. It’s definitely possible to volunteer with these situations, but you have to be realistic in the amount of time you can spend in any given week. Be honest with yourself and the organization you wish to volunteer with when it comes to signing up for a project.
Find the right project
Think about what causes you’re passionate about first because it will help you stick with this resolution throughout the whole year. Check out VolunteerMatch.org to see opportunities within your area or even remotely. Give organizations a call to see what they’re looking for their volunteers to do, or go in to visit their location. Remember, you don’t have to give up your whole week to make a difference. If you’re able to dedicate 2 hours every 2 weeks, it’s much better than nothing for the charity you commit to.
Talk to your loved ones
Like any other big change you want to take in your life, try to involve those closest to you. It might inspire them to volunteer in something they believe in or even help out where you’re volunteering.