“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”

Marjorie Moore

  Why Volunteer?

You gain skills that will help you later in the workplace. Great for younger people who aren’t old enough to legally be in the workforce yet.

Adds to your “college” resume – the information you turn in to apply for college or higher education.

Gain new skills that you are interested in.

Great for experience to build your resume if you are not in a paid position.

Getting involved in your community can build your self-confidence.

Being a volunteer is a great way to meet new friends and those with the same interests.

Build your network with others.

When you give to someone else, you worry less about yourself.

Gain a sense of community – great for business or job contacts.

Being a good example, especially for children to see

Making a difference in your community.

Register with us.

Register online as a volunteer by clicking on "Volunteer Signup" button at the top.

Good Volunteerism

So you want to volunteer. Congratulations.  Here are some things to think about as you begin your foray into the world of volunteerism.

What do you want to do?  Is there any organization or cause that you are passionate about?  Do you have special skills or talents that you'd like to use to help.  This site helps match up volunteers with organizations. 

Another decision - time.  How much time to do you want to give to volunteering?  Are there set times when you are unavailable?

Be on time.  Your time is valuable, and so is the time of the other members of the organization.  This also applies to events.  Nothing is worse than not having the help that's needed when it's needed.

Follow through.  If you commit to a certain project, make sure that you have the skills and tools that you need to complete the project in a timely manner.  If you don't, then ask for it.  The organization would be happier if you asked questions early, rather than creating delays on a needed project.

Be flexible.  There are many things that need to get done, and some of the them are not the most fun.  Remember, it's a needed task and you are making a difference.

Be positive.  This should be a good experience, not a punishment.

Be prepared.  Bring any needed paperwork or tools needed for the task.

Learn and follow the rules.  Learn about any restrictions, photography limitations, privacy issues, age limits, etc. beforehand and stick to them.

Communicate.  This is vital in so many areas of volunteerism.  If you have any time constraints, liimitations or special needs, please tell the organization so that they can make the experience a good one for you and for them.

Dress appropriately.  If you are working with children or going to be bending over, keep in mind modesty issues.  If you are doing outdoor work, wear heavy shoes and long pants and sleeves.  If you are unsure what your task will be and how you need to dress, just ask.

Remember, it's not about you.  You are serving the community with your involvement, and it is appreciated.

Do remember also to have fun.  You'll be meeting new people and learning new things along the way.