Margo’s M.O.D.E.L.S. is an initiative that was started to encourage individuals and organizations to become role models in their communities through the act of service in one of three ways:
– recognize volunteers
– become a volunteer
– encourage others to become volunteers
Why Should I Volunteer?
When you volunteer you are giving something back to your community by lending a helping hand to people and organizations.
Volunteering also benefits you as an individual.
There are many good reasons to get involved in your community, including learning something about yourself. Volunteer opportunities are for all ages (I was 18 months old at my first volunteer opportunity).
Some of the benefits of volunteering
- Make new friends
- Explore career and personal interests
- Earn great recommendations for future employment or college applications
- Develop marketable job skills
- Build your resume
- Enrich your education
- Uncover hidden skills and talents
- Increase your self-confidence
- Have fun
- Make a difference
What would I learn by volunteering?
As a volunteer, you have the freedom to experiment with new activities. Is there something you wish you had the opportunity to learn? Some organizations will gladly assign you to something as a beginner because they know that you will be motivated by tackling something new. This is one way that volunteering develops your skills and is fun. By testing yourself in different ways, you’ll end up with a fresh perspective back in the everyday world.
What would I most like to learn by volunteering?
Do you know what organizations address these issues, and are these organizations accessible in your community? Do you think these organizations are doing a good job and deserve your support? Have you ever given them a financial donation, and do you feel good about how your donation was used? Or are you concerned about a cause that no one else seems to be tackling? Are you willing to be the founder of a new effort? Are you concerned about issues outside the United States?
All of these questions will help you to focus on the type of organization you want to approach with your offer to volunteer
What are the different types of Volunteering Opportunities?
Volunteer opportunities can be either ongoing, regularly-scheduled assignment, or a short-term assignment, or a one-time assignment.
Some volunteer assignments do require a lot of time. But others can be accomplished in a short period of time, even one day. More and more organizations are designing volunteer work that can be done in the evenings and on weekends, and in short bursts of intensive time.
Be honest with yourself and with the agency you contact about your availability and start from there. The organization will need to know that they can count on you to maintain your scheduled commitment.