Do you want to ...

... build your résumé?

... expand your network?

... give back to the community?

Volunteering is a great way to

  • build your resume.
  • meet new people and expand your network.
  • explore your talents and passion.

Here are some tips to help you prepare so that you can make the best first impression.

  • Review each organization's website to familiarize yourself with their vision and mission and view the posted volunteer opportunities.
  • Understand why you want to volunteer and what skills you have to offer.
  • Qualify yourself - formulate a verbal summary statement that highlights your strengths as they pertain to the volunteer opportunity.
  • Think about your availability and the amount of time you can commit to a volunteer opportunity.
  • When you talk to the organization, avoid being overly desperate or pushy. You are being evaluated just as you would for a job interview.

Bay Area Volunteer Opportunities

National databases of volunteer opportunities