"If you can't feed a hundred people, then just feed one."

-Mother Teresa

 

TOP EIGHT REASONS NOT TO VOLUNTEER

1. "I don't have enough time."    2. "I need to get my own stuff together before I think about helping others."

It can be very challenging when you don't see how a couple of hours of volunteer work a month fits into your already packed schedule, but if you incorporate it into something you already do (like hanging out with friends) then you'll find you do have time to serve others.

  While this is understandable, you'd be surprised at how often volunteering has a way of giving back on it's own.  From new job leads to a discovery of your true calling, colunteering can occasionally help you "get your stuff together" quicker than you ever would by yourself.
     
 3. "I'd like to volunteer, but I don't know where to go."    4. "I have young children, I won't be able to volunteer and watch them at the same time."

Usually people really mean, "Unless someone builds a soup kitchen in my living room, I'm going to act like I don't know how to google information about thousands of organizations within a five mile radius that desperately need volunteers."  There are 286 volunteer opportunities in Culver City alone.

Go to VolunteerMatch.com.

And you can now use this nifty guide to find local volunteer projects.

 

Nope, there are great projects that you can do with children.  4Good is an organization that specializes in creating opportunities for families with children.

How about making a "play date" with another family and volunteer all together?

     
5. "I already help other people in our church, A LOT!"   6. "I want to volunteer, but I don't think I have anything to offer."
Awesome!  Keep doing that.  You can also encourage those people in our fellowship whom you already serve to spend one evening helping people in the community.  There are projects like New Directions and Pet Therapy that are great for small groups.   Everybody has something to offer.  Sometimes it's a hidden talent you forgot you possessed.  And sometimes just the fact that you showed up and let a kid know there are people out there who will show up for them is enough.
     
7. "I already volunteer in our community."   8. "I just don't want to and I don't want the guilt trip about it, thank you very much."
Again, awesome!  You've found something you like to do and you do it.  Spread the love, next time you volunteer take a few friends with you.   Got it.  No pressure.  There is really no counterargument if you really don't want to volunteer.  Many people can feel that way.  Feel free to share this resource guide with a friend or family member who might be interested.  And read, Matthew 25:31-46; Malachi 3:18; or James 1:27.

*Article adapted from SponseorChange.org