FREDERICK COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
There is no denying that Frederick, Md., is a special community. Not only is it a vibrant mix of culture and history, it’s also filled with some of the most generous and kind souls I’ve ever encountered. It’s a community that thrives due in large part to the caring individuals who donate their time, talents and treasures to their favorite causes.
I’ve had the pleasure of volunteering in a number of different roles: planning events, leading cub scout dens, participating as a working not-for-profit board member, assisting youth soccer, and writing public relations materials for organizations I admire. Some might call me a bit of volunteer junkie, in fact. (They’re probably right.)
And while I hope that I’ve made a valuable difference in all of those organizations over the years, I don’t feel as though I’ve been the epitome of “effective and amazing” at every single one. I’m an over-committer and I like to help people.
What it comes down to is this: I’ve said yes way more times than I should have.
I’ve come to realize that while volunteering feeds my soul, I do need to be smart about it in order to be my most effective. These days I am way less willing to say yes without some serious soul searching first.
I’ve seen some of my friends and colleagues experience similar situations. So, to pay it forward, I’ve put together a few questions and points to consider before accepting your next (or first) volunteer opportunity.
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