Volunteer Your Time
Let us know what you can do
Having looked through the current needs above, if you feel that you would like to offer service to the community, please fill out the following form:
How to offer service
Volunteering is a wonderful way to generate merit. Not only will your actions bring benefit to others, but the experience can be extremely meaningful and transformative for you as well. To help you get the most out of this process, we recommend you keep the following points in mind:
- Be honest about the time you can offer: While you may have every intention to help, the realities of life are very difficult to control and often limit our capacity to be effective volunteers. Instead of biting off more than you can chew, try to be realistic with your estimates of how much time you can dedicate to a particular project. Also, keep in mind the scope of how long you believe you will be able to volunteer. By being up front about your commitment of time, then expectations can be managed and we can find an activity that will work with your particular conditions.
- Break your project into manageable chunks: Because of the high change over of volunteers, you will often inherit a project from a volunteer who came before you. Likewise, when you are no longer able to continue as a volunteer, you will also need to be able to pass on what you have done to another person. Keeping this in mind from the start, you should work in a focused manner on short-term, manageable deliverables that will allow you to move the project forward without the entire activity hinging on your presence.
- Be prepared to work with a team: While individual tasks can be completed in isolation, to make sure that everything comes together to produce a larger whole, you will need to rely on the help of other volunteers. For this reason, spend some time to get to know the people that you will be working with so that you can learn how to communicate effectively.
- When in doubt ask questions: In the beginning of any project, there can be a lot of uncertainty about how things should be done. Don’t worry, this is normal. If something doesn’t make sense, don’t be afraid to ask questions so that you can develop some clarity. This will keep you from wasting time and energy.
- Remember that volunteering is about the community: When it comes to part-time volunteering, most of the activities are related to helping a full-time volunteer complete a task that they currently do not have the time or capacity to complete. In a way, you can think of yourself as being an extra pair of hands that allow the full-time volunteer to accomplish more. Likewise the full-time volunteers are working on behalf of our Spiritual Director in order to develop the organisation in accordance with his advice. In this way, we must all remember that our role is to support the needs of the community in a humble and flexible way. The more that we can put our own egos to the side, the more we will be able to accomplish together.