Be a Great Summer Volunteer: 5 Tips for First-Timers
By Jason Bethke
What are you doing this summer? If it’s your first year as a summer volunteer, you may have a lot to learn. A good volunteer can make a real difference in the community. To do a good job and make a great impression, follow these tips.
Always Arrive On Time (or Early)
When you volunteer, other people depend on you. If you’re late, it could be detrimental to everyone’s day. Always arrive early or on-time for your volunteer assignment. If you have to be late or miss a day, call ahead to let your supervisor know.
Dress Appropriately for Your Job
Summer volunteer jobs vary in their clothing requirements. Before you start, ask your supervisor what you should wear. Office jobs need different types of clothing than outdoor jobs. You’ll dress differently for an active assignment than for a day at a desk. Keep in mind that you may need different clothes for different parts of your summer volunteer work. Always dress neatly. Remember, you represent the organization.
Be Helpful and Cheerful
Summer volunteer work can be hard, and you may feel tired and cranky some days. Try to stay positive and cheerful when you’re on the job. The people you help will value your friendly face and caring attitude. Sometimes, a smile is all it takes to make the world a better place.
If you don’t understand what you’re supposed to be doing, ask for help. Don’t be embarrassed if you need advice. It’s more important to do things correctly by getting help from others.
Summer volunteer work is a great way to meet new people and learn new skills. Work hard, but have fun while you’re doing it. Your great attitude about your work will help other people see how important your charity is.