by Terri Mooney-Hooker, Administrative Coordinator
When you think about volunteering, what comes to mind? What can you do to help out in your community? Where do you start? Volunteering your time to help others around your area, no matter what time of the year or occasion, can be very fulfilling as well as giving an opportunity to make a true difference in someone’s life.
There are many places and projects around your community that need volunteers. If you have a special place in your heart for something that might be a good place to start; nursing homes to help with the elderly, a hospital to help with the ill, animal shelters, school programs, and the list goes on and on…
You can also find websites online that list volunteer activities in your area. Here are a few:
- volunteerMatch.org : requires log in to find organizations looking for good volunteers
- idealist.org : click on the “volunteering” tab and enter your location
- handsonnetwork.org : simply use the search tool at the top of the page
Always be sure to be realistic about your availability. Remember, volunteering is of your time; do not allow it to interfere with work, home, or your sanity! Maybe try looking for places that let you interview before committing. This way you can discuss what volunteer opportunities they offer and the group’s needs, and see if you think it would be a good fit.
At MAX, one of our employee benefits is a week’s worth of paid volunteer time. Team members enjoy giving their time to organizations that are important to them. You can read more about where they volunteer on this page of our website.
Where do you volunteer? We would love to hear our members’ and agents’ volunteer stories.
Terri is the Administrative Coordinator at MAX. She performs all administrative duties, and helps out in other areas of the company when needed. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, two cats, and her extended family and friends. She is huge movie goer and an avid animal lover.