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Beware of Burnout!

One final word about volunteering. It's no crime if a year from now you decide the cause you were once so passionate about no longer interests you. You may also get involved in an organization that from the outside looks great, but on the inside is full of infighting. Alternatively, you may be so good at what you do as a volunteer that you are taken advantage of. That is not good for your sense of balance. Erica was once a member of a very small church and taught Sunday school as well as ran a youth group. Although the new minister swore he would never allow volunteers to not be thanked, in fact, the more people did, the more that was expected of them, and the words “thank you” were never uttered. If you have an experience like this, don't let it sour you on volunteering. It's a noble pursuit, and there are literally thousands of organizations that can use your help.


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