How is volunteering different from a job?
There's a profound difference in the culture of a volunteer project because all participants are there out of goodwill and a mutual interest. The organizers know that you chose to be there, and it shows. The combination of happy, enthusiastic co-volunteers and appreciative organizers makes for a uniquely fun environment.
The structure of volunteer work is different as well. Many projects are run by grassroots organizations and the result is more opportunities to plan and lead the effort—making volunteerism excellent training for team and project coordination.
How much time do I need to donate?
The amount of time you volunteer is completely up to you. While some opportunities will have specific needs, most are happy to accept volunteers for however few or many hours they're able to give. It's fine to start small and decide later if you want to do more.
What kind of work will I do?
The kind of work varies tremendously, meaning there's a project that's right for almost everyone. Some are sedentary; some involve physical work. Some are in offices; others are outdoors. Whether it's tutoring, delivering meals or cleaning up a park, every kind of volunteer project has an impact.
What if I have no experience?
That's OK! Every volunteer started as a beginner, and project organizers are often happy to train. In fact, volunteering is a great way to learn new skills—or put your biggest talents to work. People of all experience levels are welcome.
Think you're ready to try out a volunteer project? All for Good has identified the best opportunities in San Diego. Take a look for yourself!