So You Are Thinking of Becoming a Volunteer?

Care and Share is only possible with the assistance we receive from volunteers and community donations. We value every connection we have and if you are considering giving your time to assist we want to make sure you prepared.

So, You are Thinking of Becoming a Volunteer?

Here are a few highlights:

According to the Triton Link article titled “Community Service: Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer,” these are the top 10 reasons that should help you make up your mind if you are thinking of volunteering:

  1. You make a difference as every person counts.
  2. Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
  3. You get a chance to give back to the community you care about.
  4. You learn a lot and discover hidden talents, government functions and community needs.
  5. Volunteering strengthens your community.
  6. It promotes personal growth and self-esteem and allows you to understand community needs.
  7. It brings people together, unites people and builds camaraderie and teamwork.
  8. Volunteers gain professional experience and can test potential professional careers.
  9. Volunteering saves resources and allows more money to be spent on local improvements.
  10. It’s good for you as it reduces stress and makes you healthier.

When thinking about becoming a volunteer, you should realize the pros and cons of volunteering. provides insight through an article titled “How to Know When Not to Volunteer.” The article encourages volunteerism, but points out that there are times when an individual should consider not offering volunteer services.

Twelve key points raised in this article include:

  1. Stop offering to volunteer if you do not have the time.
  2. Decline if you are already overcommitted to volunteering.
  3. Avoid volunteer activities for which you do not have the temperament.
  4. Be careful of taking on volunteer work that can re-traumatize you or can hit too close to home.
  5. Be aware that there are certain stages in your life when volunteering is not a good option for you.
  6. Avoid volunteering for something just because a friend is volunteering.
  7. Don’t be bullied, coerced or co-opted into volunteering.
  8. Question authorities who seek to over-rely on volunteers.
  9. Find other ways to help out that do not zap your time, energy, finances or good will.
  10. Don’t risk your safety.
  11. Be wary of an organization that asks you to pay them in order to volunteer, especially if you are strapped for cash.
  12. Volunteering should not displace financial well-being.