The cost-of-living crisis has touched the lives of practically every single Australian, albeit to different extents. From picking up extra shifts at work or holding off on that next holiday, a lot of us are making lifestyle changes to cope with the rising cost of living.
These pressures can make it harder to volunteer. Paying for fuel to get to a volunteering site, taking time away from paid work, or simply buying coffees while you’re at your volunteering gig - it all adds up.
While it might be tempting to take a break from volunteering when times are tough, it’s worth thinking about all the positives that volunteering can bring to your life. Perhaps it’s helping you strike a better work-life balance, providing you with a sense of satisfaction and gratitude, or helping take your mind off some of the daily stresses.
Soak up all the benefits of volunteering and try some of these ideas:
- Work volunteering into your daily exercise routine. Is there a way you can fit volunteering into your daily routine? Volunteer dog walking could be a great fit if you love to go on long daily walks.
Reduce your stress by getting crafty. Do you have a crafty skill like drawing or knitting? Use your skills and give your mind a rest from the daily stressors by trying an arts and culture volunteer opportunity.
Bring some joy to others. Look for a penpal program or a companionship opportunity that can be done over the phone or in person. For those people that are socially isolated, you could make a real difference.
Build skills for your next job. To help volunteering fit into your life better, look for an opportunity that can potentially help you with your career as well. Perhaps there’s a new skill you’ve been meaning to learn, or an industry you’d like to understand more. Skilled volunteering is a great way to build new skills.