What Makes a Good Volunteer?

Make a Positive Impact in Your Community

Simply put, the success of literacy and education programs depends on the help of volunteers like you.

When choosing a volunteer opportunity, find a position and program that will make the most of your strengths, passions, and goals. But first, read on to learn what makes a good volunteer!

Things to Consider Before Volunteering

  • Know You Have Something to Give

    You don’t need to have a specialized set of skills to make a difference in someone’s life. From helping an organization with fundraising and grant writing to reading a book with a child, there are many ways to improve the lives of learners in your community.

  • Think About Your Time

    How often would you like to volunteer? Once? Weekly? Monthly? Setting up a realistic timeline will help you decide how much of a commitment to make. Volunteering shouldn’t feel like a chore, but rather a fun and rewarding experience.

    Be mindful that every program differs in their time commitments. Flexibility in either time or program is key.

  • Look for Need in Your Community

    Literacy programs all around us need volunteers. While each organization will have its own personality, they all provide similar services.

    Our Directory makes it simple to find an organization in your community. Be sure to ask about their programs and needs to see how your skills and passions can support their mission.

Find a Volunteer Opportunity

Ready to lend a hand?

Find a Program Near You Today!