The Best Volunteer…

  • Researches the organization and its mission and programs thoroughly
  • Is realistic about the amount of time they can feasibly volunteer
  • Dresses appropriately as defined by the organization
  • Follows the organization’s rules and policies
  • Takes commitments seriously, keeps appointments and schedules, and calls in advance to make necessary changes
  • Shares a positive attitude, skills, and enthusiasm
  • Operates in a professional manner
  • Puts their phone away during service
  • Listens and asks questions when necessary
  • Respects confidentiality
  • Communicates any needs and concerns about the volunteer experience
  • Recognizes that they represent the organization and can make or break client relationships
  • Carefully considers how effectively they will be able to serve with the organization:
    • Is the location convenient?
    • Are your schedules compatible?
    • Do you have transportation?
  • Contacts and meets with the community partner to discuss the possibility of serving with the organization
  • If this is for a service-learning course, the best volunteer follows any instructions provided by their course instructor on selecting an organization