This week is National Volunteer Week (April 23-29, 2017)! In celebration of this special week, I, along with around 1,100 Orange County community members, attended OneOC’s annual Spirit of Volunteerism luncheon at the Disneyland Hotel. This event honored volunteers, nonprofits and companies for their contributions within Orange County.
I believe volunteers contribute greatly to the success of our nation. It is through kind, generous and giving hearts, hands, ears and eyes that people feel loved, needed, wanted, and cared for. Our community grows and inspiration spreads through the spirit of compassion and I hope this generosity only continues to grow.
As I have previously mentioned, I want to share some ways to get started with searching for organizations and volunteer opportunities, and the many different categories that Orange County nonprofits serve.
A great database to narrow down and find nonprofits that align with your category of interest is OC Nonprofit Central, which is supported by the Orange County Community Foundation. Another great organization that conveniently lists available volunteer opportunities is OneOC.
This blog isn’t meant for me to give advice, so I’ll just give you my shiny two cents: Just go for it! If you know your interest (for example, I am passionate about homeless and children’s causes) begin searching and learning more about the organizations out there! Reach out and contact someone from the organization and find out more! Volunteering and getting involved begins somewhere. There are many degrees of volunteering and various ways to contribute. Figure out what makes you feel fulfilled and what you want to do, and don’t be afraid to dabble. Finding a nonprofit that you feel connected to and deeply for doesn’t necessarily come easily, so be patient, explore and have fun and learn while you’re doing so! You may even feel inspired in the process 🙂