At Columbus Home Care Assistance, we believe volunteering is the perfect way for senior adults to stay involved in their community while reaping the emotional rewards that come when a person uses their time to help others! If you are ready to use your talents to support those in your community, here are the steps you need to take to get started as a volunteer:
- Consider Your Talents and Schedule
The first thing you will need to do is decide what type(s) of volunteering would work best for your personality and schedule. When doing so, consider the talents you have developed through your work and hobbies. Then, carefully think over how much time you have available to commit to a project so you can choose a position that will fit in with your regular routine.
- Identify Community Organizations
Once you have a general idea of what you would like to do, begin researching organizations in your area. Community centers, schools and hospitals are all great places to begin your search. If you need assistance finding the organization right for you, look to friends, family or even a part-time caregiver to help you look into the organizations in your community. See if they will accompany you to a few locations so you can get a better feel of the positions available and the organization as a whole.
- Ask About Volunteer Positions
Many large communities list their open positions online; however, smaller organizations may have positions available for those who stop by or make a call. When contacting an organization, be sure to let them know about your strengths and time available so they can help to match you with the right position.
- Complete Any Necessary Applications
If you will be volunteering with an organization that holds a great deal of responsibility for others, such as a school or hospital, then it may be necessary to fill out an application and complete the paperwork for a background check. Remember that the sooner these items are completed, then the sooner you can get involved.
- Get Started on Your Involvement
With all of the planning behind you, it will finally be time to get out there and share your talents with the community. Whether you choose a short-term or long-term project, your physical and mental health will benefit from the boost provided from regular social interaction.
Why wait? Start making calls today and find out what local organizations could use a helping hand!