Could volunteering for an organization help me find a job?

Yes! Though volunteering for an organization will not land you a paycheck, it has many other benefits:

  • Many organizations draw from their volunteer pool in selecting people for paid positions.
  • Volunteering helps you to network.
  • Volunteering allows you to demonstrate many skills that are basic to establishing yourself as a good employee—reliability, a positive attitude, and an interest in the organization.
  • Many organizations offer free benefits to volunteers—these perks range from free parking to free meals.

Virtually all non-profit organizations use volunteers (on the Internet, these are organizations in which the website address ends in .org). Some educational institutions also use volunteers; their websites end in .edu.

  • The Call KC is one of the best websites to check for local volunteer opportunities.
  • The United Way of Greater Kansas City is another great site to find volunteer opportunities.
  • VolunteerMatch also includes local and regional volunteer opportunity listings.
  • And don't forget to consider volunteering at the Library! Go to our Volunteering webpage to learn more.

For additional information, contact an H&R Block Business & Career Center librarian by phone, 816.701.3717, or by e-mail, bcc@kclibrary.org.