Volunteering 101

Katylee Moehlenbrock

To volunteer means "to offer oneself for some service or undertaking," but to me it means much more. It means seeing the smile on a kid's face after they receive a free, healthy meal. The tears of joy from learning a new skill you never thought you'd master. The heartfelt thank you at the end of the day.

I volunteer my time not just to help keep me sane in this crazy, self-centered world, but also because something so small can lift someone's day or life. If you are interested in volunteering but don't know where to start, or if you think you don't have time, I am here to help. Just ask yourself a simple question: "What do I love to do?" I promise you can find an organization that caters to that answer.

For example, do you love reading to and working with kids? Then, search online for a local after-school tutoring program. Or, do you like being outdoors? Then, look at helping with a park cleanup in your area. It is that easy. If you are still stumped and don't know which direction to turn, then sign up for several small events and see what you like and don't like. It's all a part of trial and error. If all else fails, then ask your family and friends. Everyone has a connection somewhere.

You can never go wrong with volunteering. Every organization out there needs volunteers, and you can make an impact in someone's life today and for many days to come. It's as simple as searching online for "volunteer opportunities in OKC;" a whole list will appear. The first step to volunteering is signing up. So don't wait. Sign up today!