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How To Find Summer Volunteer Work

Photo Sep 11, 7 31 14 AMEarlier this week, I was visiting a class at Rock Island High School answering some student questions on employment. One student asked me “How can I find volunteer opportunities?” In this blog post, I’ll tell you exactly how to do that.

I have mentioned the benefits of volunteer work many times on our podcast. There are several situations in which volunteer employment can help your employment search:

If you are under 16 years old:
Gaining work experience can be a little difficult if you’re under 16 years old. It’s important to get experience though, that way when you fill out applications for your first job, you have something to write in the “Employment History” section. A completely blank application isn’t going to impress anyone.

If you are 16 years old or older:
If you are applying for jobs, doing volunteer work not only pads your resume and application, but it also shows that you have a good work ethic. It shows that you are willing to give up your time to help others.

That student at Rocky verbalized what many of you are thinking right now – “How do I find volunteer work?”

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with Alisha from Davenport Volunteer Connection. Davenport Volunteer Connection is a program that connects people that want to volunteer with agencies that are looking for volunteers. Although “Davenport” is in their name, DVC serves the entire Quad City region.

Summer is a great time to do volunteer work. If you’d like to to find volunteer work, visit DVC’s website – http://volunteerdavenport.com, call DVC at (563)888-3200. If you’d like some advice on volunteering or want help connecting with DVC, you can call Don or Cindy at our office at (309)796-2500.

Summer is a time for fun, but it’s also a great opportunity to work and get yourself on a path to employment success.

“Everyone can be great because anybody can serve.” – Martin Luther King