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Ask Kelly - How Do I Find The Right Volunteer Position?

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, April 22, 2016
Updated: May 12, 2016
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“Ask Kelly” is our new blog series aimed at answering your most pressing volunteer questions. As Volunteer Toronto’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Kelly DeVries is our in-house expert on all things volunteering. Got a burning question? She’s here to help!

Submit your question to info@volunteertoronto.ca - subject line: Ask Kelly


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Dear Kelly,

 

I am interested in volunteering, but am unsure what the experience is like. I’ve never volunteered before and I want to volunteer in a positive and welcoming environment. Do you have any suggestions about how to find a good fit?

 

Sincerely,

Arash

 

 



Hello Arash, 

Thank you so much for your email and your question! It makes complete sense that you want to be in a positive and welcoming environment where you feel your contribution is meaningful!

As you said you haven’t volunteered before I have several suggestions for you: 

 

 

 

Learn

My first suggestion for you is to learn more about volunteering! Read our Frequently Asked Questions. Explore the “What’s It Like To…” blog series to hear from volunteers in various roles. Check out VolunteersofTO to learn more about volunteers across out city. Talk to persons you know, about where they volunteer and the types of roles they perform with an organization. Read through the position descriptions on our website to gain a better understanding of the options. 

 

  

Act

After learning more about volunteering, I encourage you to act as a volunteer for several one-day special events happening in different organizations. This will allow you to meet some of the staff and fellow volunteers of the organization and give you a general feel for it. Were people friendly? Were you given the resources you needed to do the job well? Did you have fun? This will help you determine a good organizational fit. The best way to search for one-day special events is to visit our Opportunities Database and search by “Type of Position – One Day or Less”

 

 

 

Reflect

After volunteering at several special events, I encourage you to follow our 3Rs for finding a good volunteer position—Reflect, Research and Reach Out. It is important to spend some time thinking more about what you are interested in doing, what kind of time you can give, and what you are hoping to learn, share or gain from the experience, to ensure that volunteering is meaningful for yourself and the organization. 

 

 

Hope this is helpful Arash. If you need any additional support please book an appointment with a Referral Counsellor who can help you navigate the website, answer questions you have and provide suggestions of places for you to volunteer.

 

Thanks,

 

Kelly 

 

 

Kelly Devries, Community Engagement CoordinatorKelly DeVries is Volunteer Toronto's Community Engagement Coordinator. She coordinates a team of hardworking volunteers who represent Volunteer Toronto at community events. She is the voice of our Volunteer Times newsletter and assists the many events and programs we organize to inspire people in Toronto to volunteer.

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