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How to be an Effective Volunteer

How to be an Effective Volunteer

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.

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By the Care2 Staff

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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10:20AM PDT on Jun 2, 2015

Thank you Annie.

5:07AM PST on Jan 20, 2014

thank you

11:11AM PST on Dec 24, 2013

Even small things are better than nothing. Thanks.

1:31PM PDT on Mar 13, 2012

Great things to keep in mind.

11:43AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

good reminders...

12:52AM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Thanks for the article.

11:44AM PDT on May 28, 2011

Those are great tips to keep in mind. Thanks.

8:05AM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

Great article. Thanks.

6:42PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

great advice

1:18AM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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