To get you inspired and give you some ideas of what kind of Volunteer opportunities there are, here are a few pictures from my personal experiences this year. Starting in January with a local TEDx Salon, then the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, followed by a Women of Faith 2 day Conference in Houston and ending with the San Antonio Book Festival this month.
It is easy to do an online search for Volunteering but I am going to give you just a couple links to get you started. The first one I used was called Volunteer Match. I basically filled out a little profile about WHAT I am passionate about, or what my interests and hobbies are. Because mine are SO varied, I get lots of different opportunities to sign up for. I just check the site periodically and see what is happening in the near future that I can commit to. Sign up by clicking a button and you're done. You will get an email from the coordinator of the event if you are accepted or needed.
The other one I used is local. It is specific to San Antonio and is called SA 2020. They are a WONDERFUL non profit organization whose mission is turn the vision of its citizens into reality by the year 2020. There are several different ways to get involved and the website is user friendly. If you live in San Antonio, I highly recommend taking time to peruse it and fill out a short questionnaire to get plugged into what matters to YOU. If you aren't a resident, its worth popping over to see what our city is up to. We are one of the Fastest Growing Cities in the US right now so that has to mean something!
If you work a full time job that leaves you less than satisfied IN YOUR SOUL, find a way to Volunteer and feed it. If you LOVE your job, consider yourself blessed and STILL, find a way to Volunteer and give some of that blessing away. You will never know the true value of a job with NO paycheck until you sign up and give yourself away. A Reverse Profit Job means your work often takes a bite OUT OF your wallet and bank account. Yes, you pay for the gas and expenses to perform this job. You also pay with your valuable time by doing it. You GET PAID with a feeling in your heart that no amount of money can touch! The rewards are simply PRICELESS!