Make Your Mark on the World: Other Information

Another beautiful day! Ohio weather is crazy. We had one amazing day with the hot sun and a cool breeze and the next day there was a huge storm. I don’t know what it is about this place, but most who live here say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes!”

I apologize for the slow-down in posts, but there is a good reason! Last week I had exam week, and I am finally finished. Today I had a second interview with a job I applied for on campus and… I got the job! I’m very excited, and will probably start soon. The good news is, this job will allow me some more time to plan and write for Deliciae so there will be no dramatic changes. I may even post more.

This is the final post of the Make Your Mark series, which will focus on any extra information you may need to know including some small warnings, what to expect on your first few days of volunteering, and more.

If you’ve missed out on any or all of the rest of the series, here’s a list of what’s been going on:

Do Some Prior Research!


There are many reasons you should probably do a little research into an organization you’re looking to work for. If you’re volunteering at a building you know of and are familiar to, you need not worry, but if you’re volunteering for a “stranger” or a building you haven’t known previously, you should do a bit of a background check just to see if it is indeed a legit business who will be responsible with your personal information. I’m not saying there are many illegitimate businesses out there, but I think it’s good to take some caution!

You can do this on your own by doing a few simple Google searches, look up their background information, or even call and ask for further information about their organization, what their mission statement is, and what types of volunteers they are looking for.

What To Expect During Your First Few Days

1. During your first few days, you’ll most likely be filling out paperwork. Sometimes it’s necessary, but once you’re done with that, the work begins!

2. Your supervisor will show you the ropes, introduce you to other volunteers, and give you their policy.

3. Then the regular work begins! Stick with it. Some beginning work may feel tedious at first, but once you get the hang of it and realize how much you are actually contributing and affecting, you’ll know it’s worth it and you’ll have some fun.

4.You’ll start feeling great! Keep at it. Remember, you can stop anytime. No pressure.

Remember:

  • Organizations looking for volunteers are very lenient and kind regarding your schedule. Again, there’s really no pressure here. They may require a certain number of hours a week, but it’s usually always free for you to decide when to come in. Any help is good help.
  • Have some fun with it! Network and meet new people. You could make a lifetime friend or an important connection into your big life career! There are thousands of opportunities surrounding this activity so be an opportunist! Take advantage!
  • If you haven’t had a job, this is the perfect practice. Those in high school or even middle school could benefit greatly by learning responsibility and the value of time and generosity.
  • Know when to not volunteer.

Helpful Links
Search engines:
Hud.gov (Good place to start!)
VolunteerMatch (Also a very good place!)
Idealist.org
Volunteer.gov
Volunteers of America
1-800-Volunteer.org

A few organizations:
The Humane Society

Habitat for Humanity
American Red Cross
Rotary
CMT’s One Country
Peace Corps

Big Brothers Big Sisters

That’s it for this series! Thanks for sticking with  me, and I hope I’ve helped further you along in your volunteer search. It truly is a great expereince. The feeling you get helping others in need is comparable to no other, I promise. Have a nice day!

photo credit: chrisbrenschmidt | casers | aroberts
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3 responses to “Make Your Mark on the World: Other Information

  1. This is a wonderful thing to have!
    I know that when I started volunteering I had no idea what to expect, or how to prepare. 🙂
    I volunteered for over a year at the first place – feeding people… we had an *out of the cold* program through the winter and made breakfast for folks… and weekend nights. Plus, there were day meals… after that I started at the place I’m at now – it’s a community centre and I’ve been there nearly a year. We are fighting the government to put more food into the budget for people on assistance. 🙂
    I never thought I was the volunteering type of person, but I love it so much I couldn’t imagine not doing it now! It’s opened my world considerably and given me tons of confidence. You mentioned in your post that it’s great practice if you are out of work and you are so right! It keeps you busy, and social, and then networking is wonderful!

    Terrific post and tons of great resources here! Good job! 🙂
    Have a most divine day, please. 🙂

    • I was the same way! My first ever experience with volunteering was for a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving. Their faces lit up and you could just feel their deep appreciation. That’s what lit the passion for me!

      I also never thought I wax the volunteering type, but like you said, it’s done so much good for me. I’m really glad you agree with the post as a fellow volunteer. Hopefully we can convince more, huh? 🙂

      Thanks so much, Serenity! Have an awesome day as well!
      Brittany

  2. I love that too… seeing people happy to be able to eat. 🙂 It should just be a right. Makes me mad.

    I hope we can for sure! Look, @dam is already doing it! This is how it works, I think!!!

    Love to you Brittany! Keep being you!

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