Volunteering is FUN!
Do you know what makes it even better? Getting a group of family, friends or co-workers together to support a worthwhile cause.
Have you ever considered volunteering as a group? There are many reasons this is often the preferred method of philanthropy for some folks. Getting folks together for a group event promotes teamwork; forges new friendships; enhances existing bonds; make new memories and pulls diverse individuals together for a common cause.
So maybe you’re asking yourself…where should I start? Jayne Cravens with UNvolunteers.org suggests creating and following a checklist for groups interested in volunteering together. Cravens says to begin with a contact person that will act as a liaison for group members and the organization. From there the group needs to assess their interests and goals to help identify an organization they are interested in volunteering with. Nonprofit needs vary so there are several different opportunities to consider. Maybe it’s serving a hot meal at a soup kitchen; stocking shelves at a food pantry; setting up beds at the homeless shelter or building a home for a needy family. The options are abundant.
Michelle has been a volunteer with the Volunteer Center of McHenry County for a year serving as a marketing volunteering.