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Cope With A Job Loss Or Layoff By Volunteering

Getting fired or laid off can be a frustrating, emotional experience. You’re not sure what to do with your time, and worse, sometimes you start to question your value. Volunteering gives you a productive outlet for coping with the situation.

Save Money By Volunteering Instead Of Expensive Social Events

If you’re trying to save money, social activities like brunch or drinks can derail your efforts since they tend to be expensive. Switching a costly activity for volunteering is also a great way to make sure you regularly see your friends and do some good.

How To Fit Volunteering Into Your Packed Schedule

Volunteering is a great way to give back, but it can be difficult to do if you’re focused on your own stuff. Here are a few ways you can volunteer without disrupting your current lifestyle.

Be My Eyes Pairs Volunteers With Blind People Who Need A Helping Hand

iOS: As you can imagine, even the simplest decisions without visual cues can be extremely challenging. Be My Eyes connects sighted people with the visually impaired through a live video feed to, as the name implies, be their eyes and help read objects or navigate their surroundings.

Volunteer Between Jobs To Fill Gaps On Your Resume

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, but it can also fill in large gaps in your resume between jobs.

LinkedIn Can Connect You To Volunteering Opportunities

Most people use LinkedIn to connect with coworkers old and new, meet new people in their field, and search for jobs or networking opportunities. Now, the service can help you find volunteering opportunities too, and match you up with charities and non-profit organisations that need your skills and can offer you valuable experience in return.

Ask LH: How Can I Help Charities Without Donating Money?

Dear Lifehacker, I’d love to give to charity, but I don’t have a lot of spare cash. How can I get involved in a way that really helps people?

Ask For Reference Letters From Volunteer Jobs

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience as well as give back to a community. When you’re done with an event or project, make sure to get a letter of recommendation to go along with your resume.

Get Into Events For Free By Volunteering

As long as you’re willing to do a little work, you can get into many concerts, plays and conventions without paying a cent. Just sign up to be a volunteer, suggests personal finance blog Wise Bread.

ProBueno Lets You Turn Your Talents Into Charity Donations

ProBueno is a new web app that lets you put your talents to good use. Whether your talents involve playing video games, coding and app development, baking biscuits or something else, you can volunteer your skills in exchange for charitable donations to the non-profit organisation of your choice.

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