When a community is in crisis the range of needs is large. There is a temptation to think that a person needs special skills or experience in order to make a contribution. In truth, when times are tough, every New Zealander who can safely make a contribution is welcome.
Once your registration is complete, In This Together will make contact with you to get an idea of how you will be able to contribute. The key questions are:
- What skills and knowledge do you have?
- What tasks do you feel comfortable performing?
- What times of day are you available?
- Which members of our community would you be able to help?
Skills and knowledge
If you’re asking yourself “do I have the right skills to help?” the answer is most likely “yes.” Our mission is to find out what help people need and then match them with someone who can provide that help. in some cases, it might be a case of providing the same help to the same person, in other cases it might be about using your skills to help a range of people.
Here are some examples of the types of needs we aim to meet:
You will note that the two groups of tasks above fall into two categories: help that needs to be provided in the community and help that can be provided from your home.
What tasks do you feel comfortable performing?
In previous crises we have observed that New Zealanders are not backward in coming forward to help out. There is never a shortage of volunteers. What this means is that we have the ability to assign tasks to people according to their levels of comfort. Perhaps you would feel more comfortable working with your hands? Perhaps you would prefer to work alone, or maybe you would be happier in a group? Do you like using the telephone? Do you hate using the telephone? One of the keys to making In This Together a success is matching volunteers to tasks that they can accomplish successfully whilst supporting their own physical and emotional wellbeing.
What times of day are you available?
As you can appreciate from the lists of tasks above, there are a great many tasks that may need to be performed at different times of the day. If we can identify that volunteers are available at certain times of the day we can connect them with businesses and individuals at the right time.
There may also be times when you are most definitely unavailable. Please feel free to let us know so that we are not calling on you at a time that might cause you stress.
Who are you most comfortable working with?
If you’ve read this far, you probably realise by now that In This Together cares as much about your wellbeing as that of the people in need of assistance. We recognise that some of our volunteers may feel more comfortable helping out people of certain age groups or genders. You may also feel passionately about working with certain groups within our society. Please let us know about these preferences so that we can best match up with the right opportunities to help.