Volunteering is fun and rewarding, but it’s also a little more complicated than just showing up and having a good time. Here’s some advice on how to make the most of your volunteer work:
Be selfless. Selfless is the opposite of selfish. Don’t think about what you can do to help yourself. Think about what you can do to help others. Be well-trained. Know what you’re doing as a volunteer. If you need some time to learn your job, take that time. If you need training or need someone to show you what you’re supposed to do, speak up. If you’re good at your job, it will be much easier to help others (plus you’ll have a lot more fun).
Training is an essential part of our volunteer program and all volunteers must successfully complete our Volunteer Training Program to become volunteers with our centre. Training is provided to give potential volunteers the information and skills necessary to handle crisis situations, make referrals to services available in our community, provide accompaniments to the hospital, police station or court house, as well as knowledge surrounding the issues of Gender Based Violence.