So You Want To Volunteer? /BY Linda morrison Considerations for Success I have been a volunteer many times over the years. I volunteered for parent/school activities when my children were young and career-related professional activities. Canvassing for organizations like the Canadian Cancer Society made the list because they asked nicely. When I was approaching retirement, I decided to look for volunteering opportunities that were personally enriching as well as giving back. What I discovered was a good deal more complex than I had imagined and finding the right opportunity was challenging. Here is what I discovered. What You Want To Get Out Of Volunteering Decide A very wise friend told me that this is where everyone should begin when you are looking for a place to volunteer. It seems counter-intuitive as volunteering is about giving back but I have come to realize that the most effective volunteers are those for whom the opportunity fills a need. First, I made a list of what I wanted to get out of volunteering. I wanted a
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