Kyle Farrell has been the blog editor for Natik since the early fall. Although he works at a medical software company in New England and is currently working on becoming an EMT, he introduces himself as a writer and a volunteer.
After college, I worked in New Hampshire as a volunteer coordinator. It was a colorful job because despite what I expected, non-profits need more than just helping-hands; they need people. Publicists, accountants, magicians — you name it, they’ll need it at some point.
I also found that besides the organizations, the volunteers who gained the most were people like me and (based on who most of our readers are) you — the under-experienced, but highly-capable millennial generation. To you I preach: non-profits let us prove and practice our latent professional skills. I have been able to learn some fun, useful skills here at Natik, skills I might not have been able to experiment with elsewhere.
Better still, because this is the computer age, you can volunteer from home. Fact check a grant on the couch, offer program advice during lunch, and then film your magic act during supper. Really, organizations need those skills you have been practicing. Want to help house the homeless? Educate children in the inner cities? Help a cohort of female Guatemalan artisans sell their products? You can, and so long as you go in with a reasonable knowledge of what you can offer and accomplish, non-profit volunteering can be a perfect way of giving back and getting back. Maybe this is why community building is one of those beautiful things — it graces everyone it touches.
So whether you’re like me, cold at home with oil-fueled heat you’d rather not put on, or you’re sweltering in a Bungalow in Cairo, Sydney or even Santiago Atitlan, why not pass some good over the internet? There are some wonderful programs out there that just need a bit of your know-how. Or maybe consider Natik?