Busy Life? Finding Time to Volunteer

By Ashley Pressman
Executive Director
Jewish Volunteer Connection

Emails. Meetings. Emails. Phone Calls. Reports. Urgent Requests. Emails. Emails. Emails.

Does this sound like your day? As a business working professional, days can become a whirl of deadlines, requests, lunch meetings, and a jumble of critical tasks in our increasingly fast-paced work environment. How can we find time to fit in one more thing? More important, why would we want to?

When it comes to volunteering, I’d like to suggest that we do want to – or rather, that we need to for our own mental and physical health and for the health of the community.  Volunteering is a great way to spend time with friends, to share your values with your children and to get a different perspective on the world.

But how do we fit it in?

Here are some tips to help the busy working professional who wants to volunteer but can’t find the time.

  • Find Your Passion – How do you spend your free time? Do you cook? Make casseroles and deliver them to a local shelter. Do you like to garden? There are so many volunteer opportunities – find one that fits your interests.
  • Think About Your Skills – What is your career? Many organizations are seeking pro bono volunteers. Dentists, lawyers, financial professionals, and marketing experts are all needed at organizations in the Jewish community. Do you have a skill that you want to develop? Volunteering can be a great way to develop skills as a handyman, in tax preparation, and as a healthy cook.
  • Identify Your Priorities – Why do you want to volunteer? Is it to give back to the community? To network professionally?  Because you want your children to learn about the value of service?  Find a meaningful project that works with your schedule. Join colleagues or friends and volunteer together. Check out these family friendly volunteer opportunities>>
  • Figure Out Your Schedule – When are you available? Is your free time between midnight at 2:00 a.m.?  If your schedule changes every week, find an opportunity with a flexible schedule like becoming a mentor with Big Brother Big Sister at Jewish Community Services.

Still don’t think you have the time? Ask yourself this. Did you find the time to watch the Orioles in the playoffs this year?

We find the time to do the things that are priorities to us.  Making the community a better place can be one of those things. Try it today and see the difference a gift of time can make!

Get started now with opportunities available through Jewish Volunteer Connection>>

For more information, email volunteer@associated.org or call 410-843-7490.

Check out these online volunteer opportunities by selecting Micro Volunteering>>

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Filed under Families, Philanthropy, Professionals, Volunteering & Advocacy, Women, Young Adults

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