Donating to a cause isn’t the only way you can contribute to the community. Here at Walk San Francisco, we also value those who volunteer and take action. There are a lot of programs you can help too, plus you can make a bigger impact by getting involved in helping the community.
You can contribute your time, your expertise, and your energy to helping a great cause. To help you get started with becoming a superstar when volunteering for a cause, here are some of the things you need to know.
Pick a Passion
One of the best ways to get involved in community movements and social work is by finding a cause that matches your passion. When you are passionate about something, you are more likely to do great things helping that cause.
Social work can be challenging; it is often more challenging than working in a corporate environment. Picking a cause that matches your passion is also a great way to overcome the challenges and remain motivated throughout.
As mentioned earlier, there is no shortage of movements and causes you can support. If walking, saving the sidewalks, and helping younger students keep their safe routes to school is what you love, be sure to check out our Volunteer page.
Work on Your Skills
A lot of our volunteers – and volunteers for other social movements – are people with an incredible education. Top universities such as Rutgers Online are now making masters in social work online programs more accessible too, which is why there is a growing number of students and professionals entering this field.
These online MSW programs are designed to equip future social workers with the skills they need to thrive in any environment. You will learn to be more empathetic, study how you can listen to others and understand them better, and master other things such as project management and personal development.
These are skills that can be trained. There are also a lot of short courses and programs by non-profit organizations that will help you improve these skills. To be a superb social worker, you must maintain that drive to learn new things and be better.
We can’t separate social work from digital communities these days. Digital marketing – and the internet in general – is one of the best ways to raise awareness and capture the attention of stakeholders. Having the ability to promote movements, advertise activities, and get people involved beyond the boundaries of social media will make you a fantastic social worker in many ways.
More movements need to go digital and take advantage of internet marketing. More importantly, digital marketing is much more measurable – and cost-effective – than any other form of promoting the cause. Will you be that final piece of the puzzle that helps your cause go digital? We’re certain that you will.
The things you achieve as a social worker are things that affect the lives of thousands around you. Work towards becoming a fantastic social worker and you will have that ability to create a bigger impact in the society.