• Shazia Peeran

Too Busy to Volunteer

Thinking that you’re too busy to volunteer?

Volunteering is good for your health and your community – swipe to learn about overcoming the ‘I’m too busy’ mentality.


We make time for what’s important to us.

Do you ever run into a friend or colleague in the grocery store? When they ask how you’re doing, you take a deep breath, smile, and say, “busy!”

You probably both laugh at the chaos of life and then go about your day. But do you know why you’re so busy? It’s because you prioritize what is important to you. You make things fit into your day when you deem them important.


Today is the day to prioritize volunteering.

There’s no better time than the present.

It’s easy to put off volunteering and add it to your to-do list for next week, next month, or next year. But how long have you been doing just that? Can you look at your schedule and carve out two hours a week to give back to your community?

(hint: the answer is yes!)

Over the course of a year, two hours per week equals 104 hours per year – nearly three workweeks’ worth of hours! That’s a big deal.


Tips for making time to volunteer

If you’re struggling to find time in your schedule for volunteering, here are some ways to get started:

· Volunteer with a friend

· Ask your employer if you can volunteer during a workday

· Volunteer two separate days for an hour each time

· Commit to building a relationship with one organization to get started

· Start small and don’t overcommit yourself by taking on more than you can reasonably handle


Make volunteering a habit

Once you choose an organization and project, stick to it for a while. Integrate volunteer time into your weekly schedule until it becomes second nature – you just always know you’re volunteering as part of your routine.


Get started today.

Do you have a nonprofit organization or community need that is close to your heart? If so, that’s a great place to start. Finding something you’re passionate about turns a volunteer project into something fun you look forward to each week. Head to givingbackeasily.com to sign up as a group and help your community.

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