Volunteerism is growing rapidly, and the process of finding an opportunity that fits your interests and availability is far easier than a traditional job search. And some positions pay intern-level salaries so don’t overlook volunteerism as a way to get your foot in the door.
The U.S. Congress is finalizing legislation that will streamline the infrastructure for volunteerism and greatly increase the number of volunteer opportunities–many of them paying a small stipend. In the meantime, there are other avenues you can pursue to check out currently available opportunities.
I checked out Network For Good and found an easy to navigate site that quickly identified volunteer opportunities within my zip code. Under the category of Arts & Culture, I found 74 opportunities. An information-rich government site that guides you to a variety of volunteer information is Volunteering In America.
Volunteer positions can fill voids in resumes, plus they provide tremendous personal satisfaction. Since my college days, I have worked with a variety of nonprofit organizations and currently serve on the boards of incredible groups that provide important programs in the areas of conservation, education and cancer support–Lincoln Park Zoo, Indiana State University Foundation, Gilda’s Club and Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. Find your own volunteer “calling” and enjoy the experience while it helps build your resume–a true win/win opportunity.