Most volunteering requires some kind of skill. Even sorting donated clothing requires some reading and critical thinking skills. Bagging rice requires scooping and pouring skills.
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, Skilled or pro bono volunteering refers to companies and individuals volunteering their professional skills to assist nonprofit organizations in creating or improving their business practices.
While most volunteering requires skill, it's important to highlight opportunities for professionals to lend their specialized skills to the community through volunteering.
Also, "skills" are not only practicing law, medicine, business, technology, and construction. The spectrum of skills includes interpersonal skills like employing empathy and patience, public speaking, mediating conflicts; and creative skills like crafting and theater.
So while one volunteer might have significant accounting experience, another may be adept at taking large complex problems and breaking them down into concrete, tangible steps.
Both volunteers have invaluable skills to contribute.
As you prepare to look for your ideal volunteer opportunity, take a few minutes to assess your skills.
|Community Organizing||Computer Hardware||Cooking/Nutrition||Copywriting/Web Text|
|Crafting||Creative Writing||Dance||Data Analysis/ Statistics|
|Database Design/Mgmt||Docent/Leading Tours||Editing||Electrical|
|Engineering||Event Planning||Financial Planning/ Mgmt||Foreign Languages|
|Fundraising||Grant Writing||Graphic Design||Health/Medical Experience|
|Legal/Law Experience||Legislation/Policy||Library Science||Marketing/Public Relations|
|Masonry||Mediation/Conflict Resolution||Mentoring/Tutoring||Musical Arts|
|Outdoor Activities||Photography||Podcasting||Problem Solving|
|Plumbing||Public Speaking||Research||Sales/Retail Experience|
|Sign Language||Social Media/ Networking||Software Development||Strategic Planning|
|Teaching||Telephone Skills||Theater Arts||Translation|
|Videography||Visual Arts (Drawing, painting, etc.)||Volunteer Management||Web Development|
Once you've got a good working list of your own skills and abilities, think about how you might want to contribute them.