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Seven Ways to be a Good Volunteer

Volunteering is a fun and rewarding endeavor. Millions of people across the globe serve as volunteers, which is a testament to just how rewarding being a volunteer can be. Understanding how to be a good volunteer is the first step toward making the experience enjoyable and effective.

1. Educate yourself about an organization
Research volunteer organizations’ missions and goals before you get involved. Understanding their process and what the organization does can help to make you more effective as a volunteer right out of the gate. Furthermore, directors will appreciate that you took the initiative to learn more about the organization before you signed up.

2. Bring your enthusiasm and energy
Enthusiasm and energy for the cause may motivate others to take action. Being high energy may also make you more fun to be around, which your fellow volunteers will appreciate. While many people may associate volunteering with hard work (it is important work, of course), it doesn’t mean that you can’t put your best foot forward and bring some light to
the situation.

3. Be honest about your interests
The more interested you are in an activity, the more likely you are to continue doing it. That goes for anything, including volunteering. Be honest about what you want to get out of volunteering, and seek opportunities that help you achieve those goals.

4. Be dependable
As a volunteer, you should arrive when you say you will, stay the duration of time you promised, and perform the tasks you agreed to perform. People will be relying on you, so it’s important to honor your commitment.

5. Be prepared to be flexible
Volunteers often must take on many different roles, and a willingness to jump in on any task and help is a hallmark of great volunteers. 

6. Embrace your creativity
Thinking outside of the box is a strength in a volunteer. It
means you can examine a situation from all sides and offer innovative solutions.

7. Be selfless
Above all, giving time to a cause you believe in is all about putting others before yourself. Figure out what you can give rather than what you can get.

Volunteering is a rewarding endeavor, and is even more so when volunteers approach their work with enthusiasm and energy.

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