Now that you’ve used VolunteerSquare to find a volunteer opportunity that matches your particular skills and interests here in Fairfield County, here are four simple tips to get you started learning some more about your nonprofit of choice.
Check out their website and social media pages
sounds like a no-brainer and it is! Most agency websites are treasure troves of
information – from the basic mission statement, current projects, staff bios
and more. Plus, lots of local agencies are doing great work with social media
where you can get an even more in-depth look at what’s happening. Check out some local social media stars like Family Centers in Greenwich, Domus in Stamford, Person-to-Person in Darien and Community Plates in Norwalk.
Give them a call
you’ve already submitted your application, don’t just wait to hear back! Pick
up that phone and ask to speak with the volunteer coordinator about your
potential role. It will help you get a feel for the office environment,
potential responsibilities of the position, and how well you may fit into the
Request a tour
All of the agencies we partner with have so many incredible things going on and we know they would love to show you around. It’s common to think you’re imposing but agencies always appreciate the interest. Plus, it will give you a good sense of driving distance, work environment, and what to bring.
Talk to other employees or volunteers
if you don’t know other employees or don’t have time to meet them on a tour,
they’re easier to find than ever. Join online job communities like Glassdoor,
or look for employees through professional networks like LinkedIn. You can
probably find volunteer veterans at your agency through VolunteerSquare, too.
Pepper them with questions about what their experiences were like for firsthand
accounts of what you can expect.
If you’re still looking for that perfect volunteer project, visit us at VolunteerSquare.com and sign up for our free e-alerts. We’ll keep you in the loop about projects that matter to you. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter too!