Before You Start
Some important things to consider:
1. How much time do you have to volunteer?
Is it once-off, during a particular timeframe or on an ongoing basis?
2. How many people in your group/team would like to volunteer?
For many community organisations it is hard to accommodate more than 20 people at one time. If your group is bigger than this consider volunteering in smaller groups over a number of days or choose a variety of volunteer projects instead of just one.
3. Does your group have a particular area of interest?
e.g. the environment, working with the elderly, poverty alleviation etc? If so it is worth considering this in advance to help make a better match.
4. Can you cover the costs associated with the volunteer project?
e.g. paint and materials, refreshments if taking a group of people on a social activity etc? While volunteering is the gift of time it does not mean that it is cost-free. Covering the cost of materials for group volunteering is not an option for many community groups who are on very tight budgets.
5. Is there someone on your team who can take the lead on the project?
You will need at least one person to be responsible for organising the volunteering and liaising with the volunteer centre and community organisation.
For a more detailed guide on employer supported volunteering visit the resources page. Ready to start making a difference? Why not consider taking part in Volunteer Ireland’s new 'Team Impact Days' initiative for companies? Or contact your local Volunteer Centre for tips on finding a possible employee volunteering project near you.