Volunteering is a wonderful way to benefit your community and even yourself, but it can be difficult to fit into a busy schedule. Here are a few ways you can find time to volunteer, without disrupting your other obligations.

Set Realistic Expectations

If the thought of volunteering for a few hours every week seems like too much, don’t force it. Contact nonprofits directly, and make your schedule and expectations known. Some organizations have a time commitment requirement, so consider their guidelines first before diving in too deep. Also, don’t become discouraged if your favorite nonprofit requires too many volunteer hours; chances are, you will find one that offers the flexibility you need.

Volunteer Remotely

Many nonprofits offer volunteer opportunities that can be done remotely, either on a smartphone or on a computer. These virtual volunteer opportunities are a great way to give back without even leaving home, and the hours are almost always flexible. If you have a busy schedule, have a computer and internet connection, remote volunteering could be the perfect way to give back.

Incorporate Volunteering with your Career Goals

By volunteering skills needed in your career, you can support your community & boost your resume. Click To Tweet

Pinning down a good volunteer schedule can be hard if you need to focus on your career. Try incorporating volunteer work with your career goals through skills-based volunteering. By working with a local charity using skills needed in your career, you can support your community and boost your resume. If you want to pursue or advance a career in medicine, administration, web design, writing or many other fields, there’s a good chance a local nonprofit will be very interested in your support, and they’ll be happy to offer flexible hours.