Next Steps After Volunteering

It’s estimated that over 60 million people volunteer officially through an organization at least once a year in the United States. What part do you play in this movement of service?

Rooted in the heart of the nonprofit ecosystem, volunteerism connects many needed services to our communities. On days like Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, also widely known as the MLK Day of Service, the importance of service and volunteering in our communities jumps to the forefront of our minds. Sites like mlkday.gov and campaigns like President Obama’s United We Serve, not only encourage and reward citizens for taking part in volunteering but actually go a step further and make the process easy through searchable databases that will match a volunteer with a local project. It’s estimated that hundreds of thousands of Americans of all ages use this federal holiday to join in service projects across the country.

This is wonderful. But it’s important to remember that the intention of days like MLK Day of Service is not to dedicate one day a year to volunteering but to incorporate service into our lifestyles.

What steps can you take after a volunteer experience to connect those activities to the work you do year round?

  • Find an on-going project. If you volunteered for a one-time project, connect with that organization and find out if they have an on-going volunteer opportunity.
  • Inquire about possible openings on the organization’s board of directors (or board committee if you’re looking for a little less commitment). Just because your day job is in accounting, marketing, or IT, doesn’t mean you don’t have valuable skills to contribute to a nonprofit working towards solving homelessness—in fact, your skill set might be exactly what a board is looking for to grow their capacity.
  • Become an advocate for the cause. Just because you’re not spending hours in an organization’s office or providing direct service to their constituents, doesn’t mean you can’t build awareness for the cause with your own network. Tell your friends, family, and co-workers about the organization with which you volunteered. Share articles and updates about the cause with your network via social media or word-of-mouth.

Nonprofit staff value the role volunteers play, but it’s important to remember the time and energy these organizations dedicate towards engaging volunteers takes a very real impact on staff capacity. Making sure your interests and the needs of the organization align is key to any successful volunteer relationship. If you take your time in finding the right fit for your volunteering goals, the return and joy from the experience will be well worth the wait. If you need help, check out handsontwincities.org or volunteermatch.org.

Looking for an older article?

We're in the process of migrating our blog. If you're looking for an older entry, please visit the archive to search for it.

Would you like to be included on our list?

Learn about our Accountability Standards®, and explore how doing an Accountability Wizard® Review can help improve your operations, build public trust, and raise standards at your organization.

Learn More

Don’t see your favorite nonprofit on our list?

Invite them to participate!

Learn More

Search Nonprofits that Meet Standards®

You can search nonprofits that Meet Standards® based on both mission focus and organization name.

Search Now

Do you need to start a new review or renew an expiring review?

What is your fee?

Before filling out this form, please be sure to calculate your enrollment fee.

Calculate Fee Now

What does it take to Meet Standards®?

Meeting the Accountability Standards® is more than checking items off a list. Each nonprofit you see on this website has gone through careful assessment, and then invested in implementing changes to meet our high operational standards.

Learn More

Success Stories

Hear from organizations that are bringing our Standards to life in their nonprofits.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Toolkit

Want to use the DEI Toolkit with your organization?

Get Started Today

Already have a DEI Toolkit account?

Log In Here

Do You Have a Donor-Advised Fund?

What Nonprofits Say

Testimonial 2

Veritus mnesarchum mei ea, per debitis qualisque in. Per cu mutat consul. Sea meis interpretaris ne. Sit nonumy consequat theophrastus id. Mei at tota meliore elaboraret, at eam tollit detracto molestiae.

First Last

What Donors Say

Testimonial 1

Audire consulatu ne sed, in lucilius quaestio gloriatur eum. Prima dicant voluptatum te has. Usu an nominati rationibus, case malorum voluptatum ius ea.

First Last

Board Member Login

Get our latest and greatest monthly!

Subscribe

Charities Review Council

Our mission is building donor and nonprofit relationships for strong, vibrant and just communities. We envision healthy communities for all, benefiting from effective and trustworthy nonprofits that are supported by a well-informed public’s generosity.

Let’s Connect

1915 Highway 36 W Ste 133 • Roseville, Minnesota 55113-2709
Phone: (651) 224–7030 • E-mail: info@smartgivers.org

Privacy Policy (5/9/19) • Terms of Use (5/9/19)

MENU
Log In