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How to Volunteer for a Good Cause

Watch more How to Help Others videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - You want to give back, but how, where, and to whom? Learn how to volunteer for a good cause with the advice in this video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Figure out time you can devote Figure out how much time you realistically can devote. Do you want a volunteer job with flexibility, like working at a soup kitchen, or can you commit to something long term, like becoming a Big Brother? Step 2: Decide what you're wiling to do Decide what you are willing to do—and not do—as a volunteer. Helping out at an animal shelter sounds fun, but would you clean up after a dog? Step 3: Evaluate your skills & talents Evaluate your skills and talents. Are you patient enough to work with children or old people? Do you have computer expertise that would benefit a nonprofit organization? Step 4: Check out organizations Now that you have an idea of what kind of volunteer job you'd like, check out organizations in your area. There also are websites that match volunteers to gigs. Step 5: Contact places that interest you Contact the places that interest you. Let them know up front what you can and cannot do in terms of time commitment and job duties. Tip Visit the place in person and spend some time helping out on a trial basis. Step 6: Make a commitment When you find a good fit, make a commitment. Don't make it an indefinite amount of time; agree to a time frame you can honor. Did You Know? The average American spends 50 hours every year doing volunteer work at an average monetary value of $17.55 per hour.
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