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Oppportunities to Volunteer in the Yakima Valley
June 30, 2015
It’s never too late or too early to start volunteering, and there are a myriad of ways one can help in the valley. If you’re new to the community or don’t know where to get started, I’ve compiled some great links and helpful tips for getting started:
- What’s important to you? Pick a cause or an issue that is meaningful to you. You’re more likely to enjoy giving your time if you’re already passionate about the cause.
- What can you do? Listing out your skills is a great way to start figuring out what you might be able to bring to an organization. Website design, gardening, mentoring, accounting – volunteering for today’s non-profit isn’t just about stuffing envelopes (although that’s helpful too), you might be surprised what an organization may need your help with.
- Volunteer as a family or with a group. This kind of experience can provide lasting memories for you and your family or friends – bringing you closer and sharing in something that’s important is a great way to spend time together.
- Don’t over commit yourself. In today’s busy world, it’s easy to put one too many things on your calendar. If you don’t have a lot of time, consider one time volunteer events. Taking on way more than you can handle can affect the organization or person that is counting on you.
- Be prepared to feel great, really great. Studies have shown that volunteering can boost your mental health, increase life satisfaction and enhance your well-being. You don’t have to take my word for it though, get out and feel it for yourself!
Check out our Get Involved, Volunteer page for a list of organizations and opportunities
Other Links you might like:
A Season of Giving | Youth Volunteer Activities | Capital's Backstage Volunteers Celebrate 30 Years
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