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One of the most important and gratifying moments in life is the act of volunteering. Although it can be hard to start volunteering when you have other commitments, it’s also very beneficial to keep doing it as it allows you to boost your mood and keep moving in a positive direction. 

Even though it can be hard to start volunteering, it’s also gratifying to give back to those who have been through hard times.

Make Plans

It can be hard to fit in last-minute volunteer work, especially if you’re a busy person. Instead, consider planning on volunteering in advance. If you’re committed to doing it, you can quickly start planning and plan to volunteer when the opportunity shows up in your calendar.

Find Virtual Opportunities

Online volunteer opportunities are more flexible than those you sign up for in person. They can easily fit into your busy schedule as they allow you to give back to those in need without having to go to a physical location. You can also volunteer through apps or websites if you’re working or going to school all day.

Those with specialized professions, such as marketing, are always in high demand. Consider volunteering your services (for free) to local nonprofits or organizations you would like to support.

Set Goals

Consider setting a volunteer goal. This will allow you to commit to doing it and keep track of how many hours you’re able to give back. A set goal can help motivate you and keep you focused on reaching it. You can also use an online calendar to keep track of all of your goals.

Find Passive Alternatives

If you’re not able to give back to the community due to other commitments or time constraints, there are still ways that you can help. One of these is through monetary donations. You can also give back to those in need by purchasing supplies or even your unused items.

Create Work Opportunities

Nowadays, it’s becoming more common for businesses to support employee volunteer opportunities. See if your work is willing to provide paid time off for those willing to volunteer. It never hurts to ask! If there isn’t already an initiative like this in place, asking may get HR interested enough to start one.