Have you graduated and are frustrated by a lack of experience and skills in your search for a job? Then maybe it’s time to think of volunteering to fill in the blanks, network and possibly have fun at the same time. In addition, you can:
- Make friends
- Experience personal growth
- Support a cause you believe in
Many cities across BC have volunteer websites. A great place to start is with the Volunteer BC Volunteer Centres in BC page. Several of the volunteer sites here have a searchable on-line database which allows you to refine your inquiry.
In the lower Mainland, the GoVolunteer website is used by many organizations to list volunteer opportunities. It is an excellent database and currently the YMCA is looking for library volunteers to “organize our libraries in an appealing manner, engage children in literacy activities and promote reading to our children and parents.” Check the GoVolunteer site for other library opportunities.
But since not all organizations advertise volunteer positions, or even that they possess a library as it may be internal, individual research of not-for-profit organizations or community centres may be necessary. The Vancouver Art Gallery Library, the Sir Isaac Waldman Jewish Public Library, and the Vancouver Aquarium Robin Best Library all accept volunteers.
And of course you can volunteer with LTAIG. We are always in need of people to help with blogging, fundraising, mentoring, education, among other things. And if you have an idea for something you would like to see brought to the group, we would love to hear about it! Drop us a line here at the blog or firstname.lastname@example.org
So, if there is a specific place that interests you, don’t be afraid to investigate- you’ve got nothing to lose and all to gain. Do a little research and take a look around, you might be surprised at what is out there.