Friday, 28 November 2014

5 Reasons Why Volunteering Isn’t For Everyone

This post is something I’ve picked up along the way whilst volunteering at a furniture help scheme, some of it's just common sense.

  • A lot of the time people don’t want to do something for nothing; voluntary or rather unpaid labour is something that isn’t for everyone.
  • You have to be genuinely interested in the cause you are volunteering for. Whether it’s volunteering for a charity or running a club you have to understand and sympathise with what you are doing.
  • Not everyone you are helping understands that it’s unpaid work so therefore you don’t have to be there. I say this because a lot of complaints or extra requests can be made and sometimes the customer or the general public don’t take into account that workers sometimes aren’t paid.
  • You have to have a certain way about you, if you aren’t a particularly caring or active person then voluntary work can be a chore. It’s a key factor in choosing whether or not you want to volunteer, if you don’t enjoy yourself then it’s not for you.
  • Volunteering shouldn’t come before family or work engagements, normal everyday tasks still need to be done. A lot of people don’t have the time to volunteer on a routine or scheduled basis, sometimes voluntary work can be very time consuming and can become like a full-time job without the pay.

Than concludes this list post, are there any other list posts you would like to see?

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