- Do be flexible. It is rare to find the “perfect” fit right away. Keep an open mind—you might discover something new that interests you.
- Do be persistent. Volunteer coordinators are often busy, so don’t assume they’re not interested in you if they don’t call you right away.
- Do attend orientation meetings. Keep in mind that informed volunteers are the best volunteers. These meetings will help you do the best job possible.
- Do take necessary training classes. Ask about them before you decide to get involved and be prepared to learn what will be needed.
- Do be responsible. Show up on time and follow through with your commitments. People will be depending on you.
- Don’t expect to start at the top. You have to work hard and prove your worth before you are given more responsibility.
- Do expect to get plenty of personal enjoyment and satisfaction from your service learning experiences.
Examples of Local Resources for Service Learning Ideas
(Must be Non-Profit Organizations)
- Churches and synagogues
- Organizations such as the United Way—and their many affiliates
- Mayor’s office
- Civic service groups, such as the Elks, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions clubs, Moose, Shriners
- Food pantries, shelters for battered women and the homeless
- Zoos, animal shelters, conservation groups
- Hospitals, hospices
- Residential facilities for disabled persons or abused children
- Schools and libraries
- Local community and volunteer centers
- American Cancer Society
- March of Dimes
These are suggestions only. Edgewood does not endorse any of the above organizations.