How To Help Even When You’re Not Volunteering

Remote volunteering may be the new norm now, but there are times when some of us just simply don’t have the time to commit to a whole new project. But this does not mean that you have to put a pause on volunteering! If you’re truly passionate about your cause, there will definitely be methods for you to still contribute — even if you cannot devote yourself to a project. Read on to find out more on how to contribute meaningfully even when you’re not volunteering!

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1. Raising Awareness

Speaking up about the cause you’re passionate about is the first step to generating meaningful discourse — hopefully leading to more action from the people around us. Social media activism has created groundbreaking results in movements like #MeToo or #BlackLivesMatter, demonstrating the power it wields in advocating for change.

Fret not — this doesn’t mean you have to design fancy infographics or take professional photos. Just make sure you’re speaking from the bottom of your heart! Don’t worry about influence or clout. Every action you take can be a seed of change; raising awareness is a pivotal step in increasing enthusiasm and participation for your cause.

Or you can simply publicise through word of mouth, especially through daily conversations with family and friends. This is how you can get them interested. Most importantly, it’s easy to bounce off ideas with each other, allowing for meaningful exchanges.

2. Seeking Opportunities That Align With Your Goals

If you’re looking for opportunities to zhng up your resume, you can venture into skills-based volunteering. It’s a good way to kill two birds in one stone — volunteering and boosting your portfolio at the same time!

You will get the chance to gain professional expertise and network with people from the same circle. Not forgetting the volunteering side of things, you can make meaningful contributions in the area you’re interested in with your knowledge and experience.

Typically, these opportunities are remote, which means that you can work around your schedule. Plus, commitment levels aren’t that high — perfect for those who want to volunteer but don’t have that much time on their hands. Check out our website for projects that are suitable for you!

3. Passive Volunteering

Passive volunteering includes donating resources to charity groups. You can choose to donate money or essential items that you don’t need anymore, like clothes, food items, books etc. Instead of throwing them away, you can give your old items a new home to someone who needs it more!

Click here to find out more on where you can donate your pre-loved items.

A little effort goes a long way — no amount of help is considered too small. Moreover, when there’s a will, there’s a way. We’re sure your sincerity will not go unappreciated. Happy volunteering!

About Skills for Good

Skills for Good, a local volunteer-matching organisation, with a base of eclectic volunteers with skills ranging from marketing and communications to information technology to fundraising. We seek to empower volunteers through convenient and meaningful skills-based volunteering opportunities that help social organisations to achieve their mission.​ Volunteer with us today and wake up tomorrow with the warm and fuzzy sensation of ‘volunesia’.

Author: Ong Zhi Yi