Three Tips to Being an Effective Volunteer

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Are you currently using your gifts and talents to serve in your community? This week is National Volunteer Appreciation Week, and it is the perfect time to talk about finding a place to plug in and be a  blessing to others. Last week, I blogged about how our happiness tends to increase when we genuinely serve others. This week, I want to talk a little bit more about how to jump into volunteering and serve effectively.

There are countless volunteer opportunities around us. Whether you are a busy parent or a business person or an empty-nester, there are simple and meaningful ways each of us can reach out and help.

Begin by considering the issues that tug at your heartstrings. What is your passion? Ask the Lord to lead you to the place where you can best use your God-given abilities to make a difference. You may want to consider serving together as a family. There is no better time than the present to make a decision to step out of your comfort zone and into the lives of others in need.

Certainly we want our time of service to be worthwhile and genuinely helpful. I want to offer three ways to increase our effectiveness as we volunteer.

  1. Consistency – Let’s show up on time and be there each time we are scheduled to serve. We are not just volunteers, rather we are an important part of the whole process. Our help is valuable and the organization in which we serve depends on us to be there. Also, it is easy to do a one-and-done service project that makes us feel good for a moment, but true change (both for us and those we serve) happens when we commit to being there on a regular basis.
  2. Humility – Pride says, “I’m going to go in and fix these people because they are broken.” Humility says, “I’m broken. They are broken. We all are broken in different ways. We all need love.” When we serve with a heart of humility, we help others recognize their value, rather than making them feel like “a project” or helpless.
  3. Connectivity – We build a connection and give dignity to others by listening to them. Ask questions and pay attention to their heart and their pain. We must also be vulnerable and real and be willing to share a little of our own struggles as well. Relationships are developed not only by what we do, but by the way we listen and the way we speak.

True service is not simply to make us feel better about ourselves, but rather to impact the lives of others in a positive way. The apostle Paul wrote, “Each of us should not only look out for our own interests, but also the interest of others.” May each of us find the place that we can joyfully give a little of our heart to elevate and love another person.

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For more information about joining the amazing team of volunteers at Engage Positive Parenting Initiative go to: www.EngageParenting.org

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ENGAGE with Giving Tuesday

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The stress of poverty can have long-term emotional and physical effects on children. Recognizing the importance of encouraging parents to nurture their kids and help them break out of the cycle of poverty, Karol started ENGAGE Positive Parenting Initiative in 2012. ENGAGE uses a unique discussion-based approach to empower parents in their responsibilities of raising their families. We cover topics ranging from education to nutrition to emotional and social well-being.

This year ENGAGE added programs for moms in prisons (80% of incarcerated women are moms) and teen moms in public schools. We invite you to participate in making an impact in changing lives for generations to come.

Giving Tuesday is a wonderful day designed to turn our hearts toward caring for others following Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We invite you to join with us in bringing hope to children by strengthening parents sense of responsibility in the home. ENGAGE is a non-profit completely run by volunteers. Your gift of $50 – $100 will provide lesson books, class materials and snacks for the parents we serve. Thank you for engaging with us as we continue to encourage parents to love, nurture and build a better future for their kids.

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