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Why February Is the Best Month to Start Volunteering


The post-holiday winter season can often feel like a dull and dreary time. By the time February rolls around, it might seem like there’s nothing to do but bide your time until spring arrives.

However, you can brighten a bland February by starting a new volunteer job. In fact, February is actually the best month to start volunteering—it’s the month when volunteers are most needed at many organizations.

Wondering why February is the best month to embark on a volunteer project? Let’s take a closer look.

The Reason to Volunteer in February

During the holiday months of November and December, volunteering is on many people’s minds. It’s a busy season of shopping and celebration, but it’s also a popular time to give back. From soup kitchens to animal shelters, organizations in need of volunteers often have little trouble finding help in this season.

That energy tends to carry over into January, as people make New Year’s resolutions to give back to the community by volunteering.

However, by the time February hits, the shiny new resolutions and holiday spirit have fallen away, leaving many organizations in desperate need of volunteers. Things usually pick back up in April with National Volunteer Week. And by summer, high school and college students typically pick up volunteer work to add to their resumes. But in the dead of winter, organizations often struggle to find the help they need.

While anytime is a good time to commit to a volunteer gig, why not step in and help out when volunteers are needed most?

How to Get Started

Getting started as a volunteer is as easy as finding an organization that needs help and getting in touch.

A simple Google search can turn up lots of interesting volunteer opportunities. You can also ask your friends and family if they know of any organizations to volunteer at. Or, if you’ve made charitable donations in the past, those places might be ideal spots for you to volunteer. Keep in mind that you don’t need to go far to find a good volunteer gig—there’s almost always a need somewhere in your own community.

Don’t hesitate to reach out when you find one that sounds like a good fit! Any place in need of volunteers will be excited to hear from you. And the sooner you get started, the sooner you can brighten up your dreary February days.

Elyse Hauser Elyse Hauser
Elyse Hauser is a freelance and creative writer from the Pacific Northwest, and an MFA student at the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Workshop. She specializes in lifestyle writing and creative nonfiction. Read Full Bio »
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