Why Volunteer

  • Volunteers are needed to support many on-base and off-base agencies, both on a regular basis and for one-time events. Individual and team efforts are vital throughout the community, in everything from schools, to sports, to cultural, charitable, religious, and civic activities. Any interest, talent, or ability that you have can be shared and used to better yourself and your community
  • Volunteering not only provides a service to others, it is also personally rewarding on many levels
  • Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet other people with a similar interest, particularly if you are new to the area
  • Volunteering for Job Search, Networking, Experience, To Avoid a Resume Gap
    • Volunteering gives you an opportunity to learn more about a career field, or a specific job. It is a good way to "try out" a job, and see if it is what you wish to pursue. This can help you make decisions about your education, and about employment after the military
    • If you are looking for employment, volunteering gives your potential new employer an opportunity to know you and the quality of your work – when a position comes open, you will already have your “foot in the door”  
    • While volunteering, you will be increasing your network of professional contacts, thus increasing your opportunity to hear of job openings and develop references
    • Volunteering provides an opportunity to maintain proficiency in your skills, as well as learn new skills
    • Volunteer experience can be placed on a resume as experience, showing the resume reader that you have stayed in your career field, and eliminating or reducing the issue of gaps in employment history
    • Contact potential employers in your area of interest, and offer to volunteer for them

Childcare for Volunteers
Active-duty Air Force families may be eligible for paid childcare while volunteering at many organizations on base. This is an Air Force Aid Society program. Please contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 509-247-2246 for details

Where to Volunteer

  • If you are considering volunteering on a regular basis, first think about what you enjoy doing, what you would like to learn or where you would like to work. General categories often considered include healthcare, religion, youth activities and sports, parks and recreation, charitable agencies, or cultural organizations
  • Determine how much time – which days, which hours, how many months – you will volunteer. Consider transportation, childcare, or other factors that may impact where or when you may volunteer
  • Now, determine which agencies “match” with what you need and can offer. Contact one or more agencies, speak with the person responsible for volunteers. Ask what volunteer opportunities are available, or explain what you can offer. Take the time to select the agency that will be right for you

Some places to find volunteer opportunities: 
United Way Spokane
Spokane Gives website
American Red Cross, Inland Northwest
Salvation Army, Spokane
United We Serve
Family Volunteer Guide
Volunteer Vacation in Washingon (WA Trails Association),
or search the internet for other areas of interest

For additional assistance, make an appointment with A&FRC staff at 509-247-2246

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