Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a typical volunteer event like.
A: While each event is different, there are some things that are the same for each event. Every event will be hands-on, meaning that we have chosen events where you will see the impact of your work as you do it.
Every event is a group event meaning you will volunteer with other people who have signed up through Project Helping.
Every event is fun and engaging. Our first priority is the volunteer. We work hard to ensure that every event creates a memorable and impactful experience for the volunteer. You will spend time with amazing people while also making an impact in the community in a non-threatening, light, enjoyable environment.
Q: Can I read stories from other volunteers?
A: Yes! Check out our testimonials page to hear from those who have done it before.
Q: How does volunteering improve mental wellness?
A: When you volunteer, there is a physiological reaction that happens. All those great chemicals associated with happiness are released in the brain. Volunteering regularly – once a month, for example – has been proven to have tremendous longterm benefit for mental wellness. In addition, it’s great for things like stress reduction, improved sleep and even improved physical wellness! Read more on our Benefits of Volunteering page.
Q: How does volunteering work?
A: It’s easy…for you anyway! We carefully select only the most engaging, hands-on volunteer projects. Then we make them ridiculously easy to sign up for. Once you’ve signed up, we will get you all the details before the event. You just have to show up. We’ve taken care of everything else. Find a volunteer event.
Q: Who volunteers?
A: Anyone! We have had over 2000 people volunteer with us. Anyone and everyone is welcome. Our volunteers are all different, except for one fact – they all want to make an impact in the community while also benefiting from the mental wellness benefits of volunteering.
Q: How do I find a volunteer opportunity?
Q: How do I choose a volunteer opportunity that is right for me?
A: The first step is to filter the events by location and times that are convenient for you. Once you’ve done that, the rest is all about what you’re passionate about and interested in. When in doubt, try a few. We offer projects that cover a variety of causes. They are all easy to sign up for and you can try one at a time. Get started with one that looks awesome and try them all!
Q: How does Project Helping choose its volunteer events?
A: We carefully vet our nonprofit partners to ensure we provide the most hands-on, social and easy to join volunteer projects available. Some nonprofit partners come to us when they need help and in some cases we seek specific partners based on feedback from our volunteers.
Q: What is the time commitment required to volunteer?
A: Your time commitment depends on the event you choose. While most of our event are recurring, you can sign up for one at a time. Your commitment depends on which event you sign up for and how many you choose. Our events are all 2-4 hours in length and we offer them at a variety of times through the week. Check out our event calendar for more details.
Q: I don't see events in my community. How can I volunteer?
Q: How do I register?
A: Once you find a volunteer project to sign up for, click on the register button at the bottom of the page.
Q: What information do you need from me?
A: We do the majority of the registration work to make is incredibly simple to sign up. We will ask for name, email, mobile phone and potential your age, depending on the event. That’s it! It’s super simple!
Q: How far in advance should I register?
A: You can register as far out as you would like, or even just before the event. However, our events fill up fast, so it’s best to register as soon as you can. If an event if full, you can join the waiting list to be notified if spots open.
Q: Why do I need to register to volunteer?
A: Our first priority is that our volunteers have a tremendous experience. By registering, you let us know you’re coming and we can make sure to plan a phenomenal day!
Q: Are there age restrictions?
A: Some of our events are restricted to a minimum age. Each one is different. If there is an age restriction it will be listed in the event details.
Q: Do I need specific skills or qualifications to volunteer?
A: We try to choose events that do not require specific skills to participate. If there are special requirements, they will be listed in the event details.
Q: Can I volunteer with a group of friends or peers?
A: We would love to have your friends join you. When you register, you can choose how many people will be coming.
Q: How did Project Helping get started?
A: Our Founder, Justin Kruger, started Project Helping based on his own experience of living with a mental wellness issue. He found volunteering to be beneficial for his mental wellness and after much trial and error, he was able to identify the crucial elements a volunteer experience needed to be beneficial for the mental wellness of the volunteer. In early 2014, Project Helping was born! Read more of Justin’s story here.
Q: How long has Project Helping been doing volunteer events?
A: Project Helping started organizing and leading volunteer events in early 2014.
Q: Can I fulfill community service hour (graduations, court mandated) with you?
A: Yes, you can!