If you have a sincere desire to improve the environment and quality of life where you live, why wait? Here are the key steps to becoming an active and effective community service volunteer.
1. Connect with your passion. Do you love to read out loud? Garden? Cook? Hike? Do yoga? You can find opportunities to do what you love and help others at the same time. Local schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and more may need exactly what you have to offer.
2. Use your special skills. For instance, if you love to write and you feel passionately about an issue, write to the editor of your local paper. Know a lot about tree health? Volunteer to help the ailing trees in your local park.
3. Be realistic. Know your limits and operate within them. There is no sense in volunteering 30 hours a week for something if you’re already working 50. Find ways to give what you can, when you can. And never underestimate the power of getting others involved, see below.
4. Enlist others. Any time we get others involved, it becomes cooperative, less burdensome and stressful, and lots more fun. One of the whole points of living in a neighborhood is to have a sense of community. Nothing creates a deeper sense of that than just this sort of shared activity.