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How to Volunteer with a Busy Schedule

Photo: Houston Chronicle (c) Tassii
Photo: Houston Chronicle
(c) Tassii
Volunteering is good for both the mind and body. Studies have found health benefits from volunteering as little as 100 hours annually. People who volunteer gain valuable social skills and live longer more fulfilled lives. Busy schedules can make volunteering seem like an overwhelming addition to life. If volunteering is something you are passionate about, but you haven’t been able to find the time, this article provides steps to help you incorporate volunteering into your life. 1. Don’t Overwhelm Yourself Don’t force yourself to give your time to something you aren’t passionate about. This makes a task seem like even more of a burden. Volunteer for something that you are already passionate about. Love the outdoors? Volunteer for outdoor beautification projects. Enjoy teaching young people? Volunteer to become an adult mentor for youth in your community. 2. Talk to Your Boss About Implementing a Volunteer Program Weekends filled with attending your kids sporting events and recovering from the workweek? Ask your boss or the company you work for to implement a volunteer program. Sell the idea as a way to create cohesion in the office and create a brand of “social responsibility” for the company. There are numerous companies that have volunteer programs to emulate and pull ideas from to pitch to your boss and get a volunteer program in motion. 3. Involve Your Family              Volunteer for an activity that the whole family will enjoy. This allows you to spend quality time with your spouse and children as well as teach the importance of community. 4. Donate Sometimes finding time to volunteer just isn’t possible. There is nothing wrong with donating. Donating covers a vast range of giving. Whether it is monetary, clothing or food. You can also make items to donate. Are you passionate about knitting? Make a blanket and donate it to a shelter. This takes time, but you can do it from the comfort of your own home on your own schedule. Volunteering should be fun and fulfilling. Everyone’s time is important. Think about what you are passionate about and incorporate that into your life. Don’t feel guilty if you are unable to attend every volunteer event. Remember every act creates a ripple. Tips Not sure where to begin? Go to https://www.volunteermatch.org. You can search for what you are passionate about in your local area with dates and times that fit your schedule. Create a journal or blog that covers your volunteer hours. Write about how it made you feel, the people you met and reflect on your experiences. This will allow you to pinpoint exactly what you are passionate about. Certain expenses and donations involved during volunteer work are also tax deductible.