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Relay for Life Volunteering Opportunities
September 13 & 14, 2014

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In May, right at the end of the last school year, I wrote a blog post about finding volunteer work over the summer.

I had recently met with Alisha from Davenport Volunteer Connection and shared with you how to use their program to get connected with organizations that had volunteering opportunities. Davenport Volunteer Connection is a great resource if you’d like to do volunteer work.

Volunteering at an event or for an organization can benefit your whether you are under 16 years old, over 16 years old, currently working a job or not working a job.

You probably find yourself in one of these categories and here’s the reasons you can benefit from volunteering:

Why you should volunteer 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.

Why you should volunteer if you are over 16 years old and not working a job:

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.

Why you should volunteer if you are over 16 years old and working a job:

Even if you are employed, volunteering can benefit your career path. What a better way to demonstrate to your future employers that you have a great work ethic and a desire to help your community than doing volunteer work while you are already employed?

You may not necessarily need the work experience for future applications, but volunteer work shows that you want to help others in your community. All employers want to hire people that naturally want to help others.

If I have sold you on the benefits of volunteering, Davenport Volunteer Connection recently tweeted to our @QCSTEP Twitter account to let us know of volunteering opportunities at the Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.


This event has many volunteering opportunities that are specifically identified as ideal for teenagers. To see the list of volunteering opportunities and what slots need to be filled, go to this page: Relay For Life .

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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