Home > Work > Offering Your Services as a Voluntary Worker by Letter

Offering Your Services as a Voluntary Worker by Letter

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 17 Feb 2014 | comments*Discuss
 
Voluntary Work Volunteering Offering

People often want to volunteer their services for free for a number of reasons. They may have a great deal of empathy for the work being carried out by a particular charitable or not for profit organisation and wish to help them in their aims.

Others may be motivated to work voluntarily in order to gain valuable work experience which might lead them to be offered a paid job with a company or organisation. Alternatively the voluntary work might enable them to gain experience and improve their skills in order to get a similar job with another company. This is often the case with school leavers or university/college students or graduates who may not have a lot of work experience related to their career aims and who wish to ‘beef up’ their CV.

Whatever reasons lie behind your decision in wishing to become a volunteer, the experience will almost certainly add weight to a CV if that is your aim. Furthermore, volunteers are often the ‘lifeblood’ of an organisation and without them, the organisations would struggle so it often presents a ‘win-win’ situation for both the company/organisation and for the volunteer themselves.

How to Write the Letter

Letters of this kind are, somewhat, similar to a covering letter for a job in certain respects. One of the most common mistakes people make when applying to become a voluntary worker is in assuming that the company or organisation will be only too ready and willing to offer them a position as it isn’t going to cost them anything, so potential volunteers can be misguided into writing a letter of introduction which adopts a tone that suggests that the offer of a voluntary job is already ‘in the bag’ which can often put the recipient off.

The basic premise of a letter of this kind is to be courteous, to clearly state that you are looking for a voluntary position in a specific field and your reasons for approaching a particular individual, company or organisation. It also helps if you can back those reasons up of some evidence of previous related involvement or experience or, if you don’t have that, you should try to express your kinship with the nature of the work and how it might relate to what you want to do in the future.

Here is an example of somebody who wishes to become a volunteer with the Samaritans telephone helpline service. In this case, it is a response to a local newspaper advertisement.

However, as is the case with a lot of voluntary positions, companies and organisations are often only too happy to receive speculative applications.

Dear Mrs. Melia,

I would like to apply to work as a ‘Samaritan’ as I believe I have many skills and personal qualities which would make me ideally suited to the role.

Firstly, I work as a Customer Service Advisor for a local bank so I am used to dealing sympathetically with customers by phone and have often been required to think on my feet in order to resolve difficult customer issues.

However, my main attraction to joining the Samaritans on a voluntary basis is that, two years ago, I suffered from post-natal depression for almost 2 years, following the birth of my first child, Jade, who is now almost 3 years old.

This was a very difficult and traumatic period for me and my family and resulted in me eventually being hospitalised in a psychiatric unit for a short period of time. Having felt extremely low and not being able to see a ‘light at the end of the tunnel’, I did, eventually, seek help and support and, after 18 months, I felt fully restored and able to resume my work at the bank from where my career has gone from strength to strength and my life at home with my husband and daughter has also blossomed.

I feel so thankful for the time, care and patience that people gave to me during my illness that I would like to give something back to society in return and feel that my skills, personality and past experience with the depression has made me a more complete person who is able to offer help and support to others less fortunate than myself.

Therefore, I feel that the Samaritans are an organisation that could not only benefit from my experience but will also allow me to gain much satisfaction in terms of helping others.

I hope you agree and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. Jenny Smith

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
[Add a Comment]
Please I need help, I wish apply for vulontary service and i dont have any working experience cuz i just graduted. i wish to focus on project oriented organisations to acquire skill in project management cuz i will like to specialise in it at the masters level. how should i go about it especially the letter of motivation
Rash - 17-Feb-14 @ 11:18 PM
I need advise, i want to work as voluntary worker as part of management of any company, because now i have certificate of project management and now im doing my diploma. My problem is i don't know how to approach any company about my requirest.
Mr hloni - 7-Jan-13 @ 10:55 AM
I want to know how to provide some one with a Volunteer Letter ie if some one has worked for us as a volunteer social worker what should be written for them as to provide them a volunteer letter?
aish - 19-May-12 @ 5:24 PM
Than you very much for the article. I's helped me a lot.
Vera - 15-Feb-12 @ 2:37 AM
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice...
Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Segun
    Re: Letter Notifying of a Name Change
    I want to change my old name to the new name and i want to upgrade my account from lower withdrawal limit to high withdrawal…
    26 January 2021
  • Nana 1
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    I want to write to my MP to assist me to get opportunity into the Ghana police service
    12 December 2020
  • Obidon
    Re: Letter of Complaint to the Council
    Pls I need a letter of complaint to the government about a man that built fence on a major road that the government should…
    12 December 2020
  • Pipi
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    am writing to my mp to help me get a job at the ghana security agency either police, fire service or immigration
    8 December 2020
  • ambui
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    i grateful and delighted for the simple letter
    16 November 2020
  • Min
    Re: How to Write an Open Letter
    I really thank you for helping me create an open letter. It's for my schoolwork but still I want to impress my teacher like a thank…
    13 November 2020
  • De gentle
    Re: Writing to Your MP
    I want to write a letter to my mp for assisting me to shs
    12 November 2020
  • Shaggy1
    Re: Letter Announcing a Death
    I want to make Anoucement of my party member mother death
    6 November 2020
  • Loby
    Re: Letter Announcing a Death
    How do I write a letter to inform the company my father retired from to inform them about his death.
    26 October 2020
  • mimi mouse
    Re: How to Write an Open Letter
    boo boo boo boo boob boo boo boo boo boo boob boob boo boo boo boo boo boob boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boo boob boo boo…
    26 October 2020