When you start contacting nonprofit organizations, you will quickly see that no two are alike. Understanding an organization’s philosophy will help you determine if a given volunteer opportunity is a good fit for you.
You may find you really like an organization, but that the volunteer opportunity it currently is advertising is not a good match. Inquire about whether there are other ways you might contribute to the organization’s mission.
Below are several questions to help you determine whether the organization or opportunity is a good match.
What does your organization do?
Who do you serve? (People in a certain geographic area, age group, etc.)
What outcomes have your efforts produced?
Do you have a specific philosophy guiding your work?
How many volunteers are in your group? What are their responsibilities?
Is there a designated volunteer coordinator who would be your point of contact?
What is the time commitment?
Do they provide assistance with travel, parking or other incidental expenses?
Can you speak with others who have volunteered with the organization in the past?
What opportunities are there for family members to accompany you / participate?