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How To Volunteer Your Professional Skills

Posted on 06 January 2020

Did you know that Ireland is amongst the top 10 countries in the world for volunteering? 38% of people in Ireland volunteer their time every year.

If you have ever wondered how you can volunteer your time and professional skills to give back as an individual or as part of a CSR initiative for your company, read on.

Why Volunteer?

As well as being a good way to give back, volunteering can be a useful way to gain professional experience outside of your day job.

A lot of volunteering roles require skilled people, like accountants, graphic designers, call-centre staff and IT professionals. Having volunteers assist in these areas helps charities to keep down costs.

If you are looking for something that uses your specific skill, look for organisations that specialise in matching people to roles. For example. if you are an accountant looking to volunteer, you might consider AfID, Accounting for International Development. They are a UK based organisation that offers “every type of accountant, from anywhere in the world the opportunity to use their skills to support a broad range of non-profit organisations globally”. They have assignments of between 2 weeks and 12 months, that help to build the financial management capacity of charities in over 50 countries. For more information see www.afid.org.uk

How To Volunteer?

Most charities and NGOs in Ireland and the UK will have information on their websites. There are also sites like activelink.ie and volunteer.ie which advertise opportunities around the country.

If you are looking for an opportunity that would suit a group, take a look at differencedays.ie. This Dublin based team will source a project for that suits the skills of your team and will even help you plan it.

2019 CSR Examples For Inspiration

  • ‘Airport team flies in to make a difference at Northside school. Children at a Northside school are benefiting from a major renovation project carried out by Dublin Airport staff.’
  • ‘Volunteers from Deloitte in Dublin joined Leave No Trace Facilitators last week to contribute over 240 work hours in the Hell Fire Club area of the Dublin Mountains’
  • Volunteers from Crowe completed the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, Hell & Back, organised on-street collections, Bake sales, raffles and volunteered on-site at the Hospice in Leopardstown on behalf of their chosen charity, LauraLynn.

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