Volunteering, Knowing Your Limits

While it would be great if you could be the hero that helps people out in every aspect of their problems there are limits to what you can do, and unfortunately, there are things you are incapable of doing such as jobs that require skills. For example, when I was younger I thought that with my knowledge of chemicals and how bugs to them, I could easily fix a termite problem. Had I let a professional Pest Control Company Montebello do their job, the problem wouldn’t have gotten as big as it did.

I was taught by a few people a while back that used motor oil would make a good termite control agent; unfortunately, they were wrong about that. I later learned that the motor oil trick was used to treat wood to prevent termites from chewing on them, I never bothered to see if this is true though, as my last experience of home remedies for termites ended up being a pile of oily black mess. Simply enough, just let the professionals handle the work they trained to do, and allow yourself to help with the small things as a volunteer. You can’t always be the hero that saves the day, though that day might come, make sure that you won’t be the cause of a problem worsening instead.

Volunteering For Energy Efficiency Awareness

Improper and excessive use of energy significantly impacts our environment. The continued use of non-renewable energy releases harmful gasses that result in climate change that we are experiencing today. Countries everywhere in the world are doing their share to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gasses, but until the use of renewal energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal power is widely utilized, its positive effect will seem negligible.

Energy consumers, such as basic households, should be educated on how to use energy efficiently. Although industries are considered as the biggest consumer of energy, through collective involvement, the smart consumption of energy from the households will create a significant impact.

We were inspired by the volunteer activity of a group in Atlanta. On MLK Day this year, several cause-oriented groups joined forces for the 7th annual Energy Efficiency Street Teams. The team aims to spread the word on energy efficiency as part of the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy. A report revealed that the underserved community in Atlanta suffers highest energy cost in the country, resulting in massive amounts of money spent on energy as opposed to other cities in the United States.

Aside from giving energy and water saving tips, the group also distributed energy efficient light bulbs to be used in their households. Each home should also be aware that electric repair service can help ensure energy efficiency in the household.

Electric Repair service will prevent leakage of electricity in faulty wirings. A licensed electrician may be contracted to provide electric repair services such as repairs, energy audit, and overall inspection of your electrical installations.

We saw the potential of this volunteering program and plan to join similar events next year. Aside from this, we also learned that there is an organization that offers comprehensive energy efficiency training to their volunteers for a minimum cost.

The organization also provides volunteering activities to it their volunteers to enhance their skills. The training will equip the volunteers with skills to perform essential energy and water efficiency works such as:

  • Using foam tapes and caulk to seal air leaks around doors, windows and electrical switch.
  • Installing gaskets for electric switches and outlets.
  • Replace incandescent lights with energy efficient alternative such as LED lighting.
  • Installing flow restrictors in toilets flush.
  • Replacing regular shower heads with low-flow variety.

Once the training is completed, the members and encouraged to join activities to practice their new found skills and help the community. Here are the common events that the volunteers participate in.

  • Learning sessions with the residents – The volunteers visit low-income communities to spread information on energy-saving methods. They also distribute energy efficient bulbs to replace the ones used in the community.
  • Community outreach – The volunteers help in the preparation and implementation of the organization’s events and programs that provide energy and water conservation lessons.
  • School lectures – The volunteers conduct talks in school to reach the younger group and educate them on energy efficiency.

We were so inspired by this volunteering activity especially the learning sessions. By having this kind of education sessions, it will ensure that the work is not only the responsibility of the volunteers but the entire community as well.

Looking for Volunteers to Help Exterminate Pests

Volunteering is a worthwhile use of your extra time. You get to work with like-minded people who want to make this world a better place to live in. It is even better if the volunteer activity you are joining is something of your interest.

Another fun volunteering activity has entered our radar, and we are very excited about it. It is volunteering for pest control jobs. Expansive places, such as forests, coastal areas, and farms require many volunteers to complete minor pest control jobs.

You do not need to be skilled at pest control to join. The non-profit organizations who facilitate these activities, with the help of pest control professionals, will brief you on the safe and proper application of pest control. The methods employed are completely safe for the volunteers and the environment.

At some point in our lives, we saw how pest control workers do their job. They are well-trained to get rid of pests at homes and commercial establishments using specific tools, chemicals, and methods. We only need to call them when we see critters infesting our properties, and our pest problems will be solved. Volunteering would be a great opportunity to have a taste of what their work is all about.

Within our communities, there is a need for extra pairs of hands to set up non-chemical pest control, such as baits and traps, to cover a large area at the shortest possible time. Since the pest control method employed is non-toxic and relatively easy, volunteers are enjoined to do the work. Training will be conducted by a qualified personnel to brief everyone on the proper and safe use of pest control materials.

In Denver, there are farms that invites volunteers to help in pest control activities. Aside from that, you can help in planting, weeding, trellising, pest control, mulching, harvesting, and care for animals. It is pretty much doing farming work, but the benefit you get is priceless. You get an opportunity to get your hands dirty and be reconnected with the land. You also get a new appreciation of nature and the bounty we get from the soil.

Another way to help is through animal pest control. This volunteer activity is usually available in reserve areas, such as forests and coastlines, in your area. Several activities require volunteers to help set baits and traps along trails where pests abound. The job may also require clearing of traps.

Again, you do not need to be a pest control worker to volunteer for these activities because you will be given training before the project. All you need to have is a physically fit body to conquer the long walks to complete the activities and a bit of savvy to learn the pest control procedure fast.

The volunteer event organizer will advise you of anything that you need to bring. But usually, the organizers will provide the materials to be used in the activities.

We hope that you give this volunteer activity a try. The event will bring you closer to nature and provide you with new insights in conserving and taking care of our environment.

How Our Carpet Problem Gave Us New Volunteering Ideas For Kids

We have just completed our volunteering activity at one of the abandoned children’s shelters in Utah. It was a momentous event attended by volunteers from all walks of life. There were kids and their parents and some professionals who spent their weekend to make a fun outreach activity with the shelter kids.

We conducted fun learning activities with the children. We also played outdoor activities, popping water balloons and just being silly. The volunteer kids enjoyed the event as well. It was difficult coordinating the activities, but the smiles on the shelter kids and social workers were enough rewards for us.

Now, it could have been perfect if not for the dirty carpet in the office. We were so tired from the activities that we failed to notice the mud tracks we left on the carpet. The stain was very visible; it was hard to ignore. We tried to rub off the stain with water, but it made matters worse. The stain spread even more, and the carpet strands look like they were going to come off. We also discovered other stains and dirt that we did not notice before.

To avoid further damage, we decided to hire a professional carpet cleaner to treat our soiled carpet. We got the information and set an appointment on their website. The carpet cleaners arrived on time and cleaned our carpets. The result was stunning! Our carpets look like new. It is definitely cheaper to have professional cleaning than replacing the entire carpet.

Now that we are no longer troubled by the carpet issue, we had a time to put on our thinking caps to come up with more volunteer activities to help kids in our community. Here are some ideas that we love.

Playtime

We noticed that the kids could get bored with the usual toys and games that they do in the shelter. Instead of just donating toys, we can give educational toys or costumes and play with the kids at the same time. There is a big difference between just giving toys and bonding with the kids while they are playing.

Field Trip

This is my favorite idea because it is a moment for children to explore the world around them. It will be fun to bring kids to amusement parks and museums for kids to let them experience it. It might be pricier, but the memories gained from experience will be priceless. We are yet to discuss this idea with our partner shelter because there might be some restrictions on getting the kids outside the shelter.

Book Reading

It will be like a pajama party where the volunteers can have the activity done just before the bedtime of the kids so that they can read good night stories to the children. Storytelling before going to bed is one of the fondest activity shared between mom and kids. Maybe, shelters could add this to their day-to-day operations so that the kids will not miss the event when the volunteers are not with them.

Do you have other fun activities in mind? Please let us know by typing in your comments. Let us make more happy memories with the kids.

Practicing Volunteerism for Mother Nature

forestBeing aware of the different issues of the world such as hunger, poverty, and corruption starts the burning desire to help those who are in need. Finding ways to help lessen and stop these problems can be done even through the smallest actions and do not really cost too much money or extra time. That is also the same with taking care of the environment. The environment is the habitat and source of resources of countless organisms, including human beings, so there is a need to take care of it as much as possible. Volunteering to take care of Mother Nature can be done in our own homes, backyards, and cities. Here are several ways to take care of our environment:

 

  • Practice the 5Rs. The abbreviation 5R means Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle—this is the improved version of the 3R rule of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Managing biodegradable, non-biodegradable, and recyclable materials efficiently is a big step towards improving the world’s environmental conditions. Informing other people about the 5Rs can also help achieving a global action for saving the environment.
  • Buy CFC and HCFC-free appliances. There are many appliance companies who manufacture their products at the most eco-friendliest way possible, without making the consumers’ wallets suffer. Replacing old appliances with these CFC and HCFC-free ones can lessen the damages on the ozone layer.
  • Use eco-friendly chemicals. People can start saving the environment by volunteering to ditch their favourite but harmful chemicals for eco-friendly ones. A particular environmental protection community in Denver encourages the use of organic and eco-friendly hair sprays, paints, pesticides, and fuels.
  • Engage in tree planting. According to environment activists, people should plant ten tree seedlings for each tree cut. It can take even a decade or so to make a tree grow to its full growth, and there is also the chances of the seedlings to survive the growing process with all the natural disasters that happen around the world. As of now, only a few people engage in tree planting, thus the need to take action on convincing people to plant.
  • Oppose community projects endangering ecosystems. Sometimes, businessmen propose community projects that harm different ecosystems, but are proposed for the expected profit. These projects must be opposed to prevent countless organisms to die or lose their own habitats.

 

Doctors of Utah Unite and Volunteer to Fix Cleft Palates of the Third World

  I have observed that Doctors of Utah, specifically those in the field of plastic surgery, are extremely talented in their field. I have seen the beauty and symmetry they chiseled from the marble that is their patients. And though I adore their creations, and applaud their talent, I would like to suggest that hey also share their gift to those who could never dream to be treated by them. I am not forcing them, they could think of it as an exotic business trip and vacations.

Why Do This?

I am not asking those who are just starting out and still have little to nothing in their pockets to forget about profit, unlike some people who think profit to be “evil” I think it is a necessary incentive and source of funds to develop any industry and the betterment of human life. The people I call upon are those who have already made a mark in the First World, it is time to go to the Third Worlds and leave a mark there, that may become the beacon of inspiration that many needs to uplift themselves and their community.

If not forced, the feeling you get from helping a community out is so beautiful that you allow yourself to grow as a person and as a doctor to the point where profit becomes as a secondary thing, not forgotten as important, but treated as a residual outcome from fulfilling your duty of uplifting human lives and dignity.

 

How to Start

You’ve already started, just from searching or clicking something that lead you here tells me that you are looking for a way to give back to the community and world. But if you would like to really start doing more for the world I encourage you to search on, as there are many organizations that would welcome your help. What is essential though is finding the right organization that you could truly do the most good, as if they utilize you somewhere your true talents are not use, you may be helping, but not to the full extent of your abilities.

 

Finding the Right Fit

 volunteer-doctorsIf you are looking for an organization to join that could utilize your talents in plastic and cosmetic surgery, you should make it clear that that is the services that you want to give, that though you are open to helping out with other medical procedures they should utilize what you are good at. Operation smile would be one example of an organization that would be able to truly utilize skilled plastic surgeons. But in order to truly find the organization that you are truly in sync with is by looking at their Visions and Goals, and if they match yours in one way or another, you might have found the one.

 

Conclusion

IF you are compelled to give back to the community with your skills, do so with the passion you had to reach your current position. And when it comes to working with an organization, you must have the same vision and goals as them, and make it clear to them that you are willing to help in other ways, but you would like them to truly use your talents to better the lives of people.

An Unexpected Event in My Journey to New Zealand

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I came to New Zealand in order to find some adventure in my life, as there are so many things to do in the country furthest away from everywhere else. I had planned many things, including a trip around the country to do some landscape photography, since I fell in love with the beauty of New Zealand ever since I saw the original Lord of the rings movie. But things didn’t go as planned, somehow I ended up doing something more worthwhile and more fulfilling, it was not that I didn’t get my adventure nor did I lose the opportunity to take the photos I wanted, I just ended up finding something more.

I’ve always been the type to plan things out in my life, and follow it to the letter, but that trip was an exception to my rule I guess. It all started with a bag, which I really thought was mine, though upon inspection it was definitely not. Though it might have been a more interesting story to tell if I the whole bag switch thing was long and almost dramatic, but no, the person who owned it was just beside me. She was a young Australian girl, I am not really fond of giving out the names of people, so for now let’s just call her Sheila, and if you know a little something about Australia you would know that I just made a little joke. Let’s get back to the story though, she was quite the beauty, but since we’re not in a movie and this isn’t some love story in a novel, she was of course with a guy. I apologized for taking her bag and gave it to her, she was cool about it and pointed out that my bag heady our way, as it looked just like hers. I thanked her and we got to talking on our way out, it seems that they were volunteers of some sort and was headed to do some work for the organization they were with, we said our goodbyes and went our separate ways.

They day started out good, I met a beautiful girl, though it might have been better if I got her email or something, though I thought that maybe it was just not meant to be. I hurried as I had to go meet the friend that invited me to New Zealand and I was late. He had offered to pick me up at the airport, but I wanted to feel my first steps in the country to be my own as a start of an adventure, the country was ranked one of the safest in the world anyway so I had nothing to worry about.

After about an hour of being lost, I finally found the meeting spot and greeted my friend in the flesh for the first time, it might seem a bit rude to make a person wait for that long, but I already told him that I would be late, as I would challenge myself with traversing a country and city that I have never been, and he was cool with it as he just wanted to chill at the spot anyway, and that he was waiting for a few other friends as well. It was then that I heard a familiar voice from behind me, it was the girl from the airport (and the guy with her).

It was a pleasant surprise to know that she and my friend knew each other, not only that they were part of the same volunteer group. A far less pleasant surprise was, even though my friend invited me to New Zealand to also have some fun, it was also his goal for me to join with that week’s volunteer effort. Well, truth be told it was quite a pleasant experience, the volunteer work I did made me feel like I did good. And as a plus I met Sheila, and her cousin (the Guy with her).

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Maybe one day I will tell you guys the rest of the story, but not today, I can tell you this though; someone one lived happily ever after. 😉

Tips for Volunteering Wisely

Some pointers for offering wisely consist of taking an individual inventory and also choosing what new skills you wish to pick up from the experience. Volunteering can be an outstanding method to obtain exposure to new situations which can assist expand your perspective on the globe. A volunteer opportunity that permits you to discover something brand-new can be much more difficult as well as thus a lot more satisfying.

A good example is volunteering to create a newsletter for your regional animal shelter as a method to boost your composing skills. These type of abilities can likewise aid you in your courses and career in the future. One more big benefit of volunteering is that it supplies a way to get out of your day-to-day regimen. If you have a full-time task operating in an office, for instance, you could wish to select a volunteer possibility that offers much more physical activity.

Senior citizens could be interested in discovering volunteer opportunities that permit them to share their lifetime of experience with others as well as make new good friends in the process, all while contributing to making the globe a better location. There are many devices available today in order to help any individual locate the very best suit for their skills, interest and timetable.

Seniors ought to keep in mind a couple of factors to consider when taking into consideration volunteer chances. For example, they should think about whether they will ready at the kind of volunteer work they are considering based upon their residence as well as work experiences. Life experiences are a great preparation for volunteer work, and also could be even more valuable than a degree for numerous settings.

Individuals of any ages that want volunteering are encouraged to be discerning concerning the sort of possibilities they consider. This implies believing very carefully regarding the problems that matter most on a personal level, and also being selective regarding which tasks and also organizations you dedicate your point to. The optimal volunteer possibility will certainly permit you to delight in the experience while you give important assistance to others in your area, therefore enriching your very own life while making your community much better.

In order to discover the very best volunteer chances, you should make sure that it is a placement you really feel enthusiastic regarding which the company you pick is one that you appreciate and also respect. Ideally, you are searching for a placement that you will anticipate doing since you truly enjoy the work.

If you are interested in volunteering abroad by marvel how you could manage the experience, you may want to consider exploring some volunteer grants offered for overseas volunteers. There are many different companies and also companies that supply gives to help settle the costs of overseas volunteer work. One of the most difficult element is typically finding the ideal team to fund your job abroad, and when it comes to making an application for gives you ought to constantly be sure to review and comprehend the details and demands.

The reason that you should constantly take a look at the details carefully is that some gives have conditions which require you to create reports, normal updates and even go to media or marketing occasions as a problem of service. When looking for give chances, website dedicated to international financing like UWM are an excellent location to start.

Tips For Recruitment Of Volunteers

The Recruitment Overview

Are you trying to find volunteers for your company? The hardest job is getting the ideal people for your company as well as program. Allow’s target at recruiting the most effective volunteers for the work defined as well as the management of the very same. A volunteer brings a fresh set of eyes and also mind to your company.

You have to be clear when out to recruit the volunteer about just what will certainly they do as well as just how will certainly you field the concerns that will certainly be presented by them. Are you comfortable with an outsider with little expertise of the job will ask you questions which a staff member can not? The following point is to prepare a standard for selection. If you have senior team then compose the above with them. As they are perhaps better educated regarding the happenings in the company.

Likewise try to prepare a volunteer plan is a great idea.
The volunteer coming in will certainly need support. It will certainly remain in regards to supervision, help in the work, training, recognition and lots of queries. For this along with the Volunteer Policy you need lots of perseverance.

The Selection of the volunteer could be via lots of resources. They can be from applications, recommendations, interviews; you can also carry out Group discussions. Conduct or recommend a health check for the applicants. One point you have to do prior to recruiting is check the criminal offense records of the candidate.

Also please think about prior to starting to hire volunteers consist of the repayment and the terms of expenditures, insurance, health and wellness, traveling as well as the status of volunteers receiving well-being benefits.

Hiring volunteers is same as advertising.

Below you are selling the chance to volunteer for your company. Thus it is very important that you have a really clear message with your advertising and marketing. The nature of the advertisement will certainly depend on your composing profile and nature of work that you are looking out for.
You need to have the complying with components

owhat the voluntary job is

owhat the organization as a whole does

ohow a new volunteer can make a difference

ohow and where to keep an eye out to learn a lot more.

A volunteer’s engine works on the fuel of Inspiration. You should highlight on the perspective of the company as well as how it is critical for the volunteer’s existence for producing a distinction. Opportunity to fulfill a different set of people encourages a great deal of volunteers. If your target team is older generation volunteering for your company after that keeping your mind energetic is good thing to work with.

It is necessary to make it easy for the brand-new employees The volunteers should feel welcome together with given total adaptability to appreciate what they are doing.

Ways to obtain the new recruits.

The quickest and economical technique is by Word of mouth. The team could ask around with the family and friends.

Print

This tool can get to a wider target market. Maintain the details straightforward and message straight. You can place it in schools and colleges, collections, city center as well as various other public buildings, GP and also dental surgeries, sports as well as recreation centre, religious centres, shop windows, bars, Task Centres, Rotary and also Lions club.

Talks

As soon as you have a team of individuals you could give them a talk on the possibility. You must understand the history of the people that would certainly have shown interest in being volunteer. Attempt to make it simple as well as I reiterate keep the message straight. If you have a discussion on computer system, with pictures as well as live journals of volunteers it has an excellent impact. Keep published products with you for offering as handouts.

Occasions

If you have assistance you can enter labour extensive occasions like ‘Volunteer week’ or ‘volunteer a week with us’ Campaign. This will help you construct your brand however results can be differed. You could do this at busy locations where individuals turn up as well as will certainly listen to you educate stations, Commercial Business districts, outside colleges.

Local press and also radio

You could utilize this medium as well to promote your demand for Volunteers. As in various other promotions maintain your message to the target market. Getting the message clear on this media is crucial as it could cost you greater than anything else discussed over

In whatever way you preferred to market for your volunteers you need to have an audio history as well as environment for their jobs.

How to Get More Volunteers to Help Out

It’s nice that you voluntarily contribute your money, time, and initiative to non-profit endeavors, yet if you really intend to make a distinction after that it’s time carry your power to an additional instructions. More could be accomplished when even more people are entailed and also you can be of better assistance to your favorite structure by recruiting new volunteers for them.

Usage Different Advertising Products

Don’t be satisfied with merely posting promotions on the community center or distributing leaflets. Usage other advertising methods like holding class presentations, providing giveaways, carrying out studies, using tabling and phonebanks, and also obviously, organizing recruiting events.

Obtain Them Entailed As soon as possible

It’s ideal to have a task ready handy as soon as you get volunteers to register. If you don’t get them included today, they could lose interest and you’ll have to begin around once again. This is even more essential when you’re dealing with youth volunteers. With a lot energy to melt yet so brief an interest period, it’s finest to have an extensively energetic volunteer project prepared before you even start recruiting.

Explain Goals of Volunteering as well as Expectations from Volunteers

Make certain you plainly explain the objectives of volunteering also just what the company anticipates volunteers to do. Doing so will certainly prevent squandering your time on people who could have the wrong ideas concerning offering.

One prominent fad in volunteering nowadays is supplying activities that permit households to spend time together and functioning hand in hand. Think of activities that are secure as well as kid-friendly and also you make sure to have a new sort of volunteers knocking on your door.

Always Program Your Recognition

Be appreciative right from the start. Thank individuals just for revealing passion in the suggestion of volunteering. Bear in mind: these individuals do not owe you or the organization anything. Secondly, there are a great deal of organizations that would certainly be more than ready to suit as well as show their recognition for these individuals. If you’re lucky enough to gain their interest initially, make certain you don’t let them escape!

Another method of showing your appreciation of their volunteering initiatives is by allowing them know of simply how useful their contribution is. Show them where they figure in the bigger photo. Try showing exactly how their payments make a difference on the end results.

Put in the time to understand your new volunteers. Be familiar with their names and also histories. Your organization should keep a database of their personal documents; this will let you welcome volunteers on their birthdays and also confirm to them that you see the individual behind the service being made.

Last but not least, don’t forget to inform them “thank you” as well as make sure you allow them understand whenever they’ve done a good job. If you’re charged to provide a public speech, bear in mind to provide credit history to your volunteers!

Always Provide Food and also Drinks

Volunteers obtain hungry and also thirsty, as well. As they’re nice adequate to invest their resources on aiding you and your organization, ensure that you at the very least award their initiatives by offering refreshments for them. More people will be willing to assist out if you can ensure them that you will not starve them while working. As well as if you’re stressed over the prices, rest assured that they will not anticipate you to roll out the red rug for them. Simple meals or snacks suffice as long as they’re served on time.

Create Offering Levels

Not everyone is willing to deal with the exact same volunteer project for the rest of their lives. For others, offering resembles having an occupation and, as such, they ‘d also appreciate to witness development in their job.

One means to guarantee that promos are offered to deserving individuals is by creating a framework or hierarchy for volunteers. Ensure the degrees are plainly differentiated and also the objectives necessary for acquiring these levels are likewise discussed well.

Offering degrees could also give inspiration for people. If you affix titles to volunteering degrees, volunteers will be a lot more inspired to function harder to ensure that their initiatives can be acknowledged.