When you volunteer you must take on a specific mindset to do an outstanding job. This is not only to make the most of the opportunity but also to make your contribution valuable to the organization you are assisting.

The following are three great tips to help you become a great volunteer.

Get the information ahead of time.
This means asking questions, finding out what specifically you need to do, who you are working with, when and where the activities are taking place. Be careful not to skip anything and double check details. Once you have the information then you can prepare for the task at hand. For example, if the position involves cleaning houses or other physically tasking activities, it is very important to get extra rest the day before and make sure to dress appropriately.

Have a positive mindset.
Your attitude often dictates if an experience is positive or negative, so take the initiative to start your day on a positive note to have an upbeat attitude. If an event you are volunteering for is early in the morning and you are usually not awake at that time, go to bed early the night before. You might even want to briefly exercise beforehand so you will be more awake and ready to help.

Be flexible.
When you volunteer, there will be times when things do not go exactly as planned. This is unavoidable. Be flexible and focus on serving in any way possible. If you get a job you do not enjoy, focus on finishing and do not complain. Soon you will move on to another job you enjoy more. Remember, the goal of volunteering is to help others, so this can look very different depending on the task at hand. This could be cleaning toilets, painting walls, making phone calls or many other duties.

Remember to think of others before you think of yourself. When you have this attitude, you will serve better and see how truly rewarding it is to volunteer. You not only help others but also build other great qualities such as discipline and patience. These character traits will help you not just in your recovery but also in life.

If you would like to know more about opportunities to volunteer or tips for how you can have the right mindset when volunteering, call our helpline and talk to one of our counselors. They will answer your questions and give you the information you need.

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