Sample Cover Letter for a Volunteer Position
When applying for any professional position, it is good form to include a cover letter with your resume. Your cover letter is an opportunity to highlight some of your most relevant qualifications and experiences, enhancing your resume and increase your chances of being called for an interview. This is true for volunteer positions as well as for paid ones.
What to Include in a Cover Letter for Volunteering
There are many reasons why you may be considering applying for a volunteer position.
Perhaps you are hoping to volunteer as a way of exploring a possible career field. Or, you may feel passionate about a cause and wish to help “make a difference.”
It may be that volunteering is a required component of a school, church, or club program. Whatever your reason, a strong cover letter will help you to gain positive attention and – hopefully – to garner a personal interview for the volunteer role you are interested in.
When you’re writing a cover letter for a volunteer position, whenever possible you should try to call on your experience that is most relevant to the volunteer role. Give some thought to what you believe will be your responsibilities as a volunteer, and then write a list of your experiences that have prepared you to assume these particular tasks.
The relevancy this background experience is more important than whether it was voluntary, paid, or recreational. If you don’t have relevant experience, then do your best to connect your professional, academic, and/or personal history to the position, explaining why you think you are a great fit for the organization and how your skill set will enable you to become a strong contributor to their mission.
You should also provide some reasoning as to why you are applying to volunteer. After all, in most cases, volunteering is completely “voluntary” and thus the organization will want to know what’s motivating your application.
If you aren’t applying on your own volition - if it is part of some requirement for school, work or anything else - when it’s best not to mention anything that would cause the organization to doubt your genuine interest and enthusiasm for the opportunity.
Finally, you should end your letter with a brief description of your availability, along with the best way to contact you.
Sample Cover Letter for a Volunteer Position
Here's an example of a cover letter written for a volunteer position.
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Dear Mr./Ms. LastName,
I am interested in an opportunity to volunteer with the Greenleaf Child Center. I have significant experience working with children, and would like to continue to do so in a volunteer capacity.
I volunteered as a teacher’s aide at the Champlain School and enjoyed being able to help kindergarteners learn during their first experience in a class room. In this position, I assisted with classroom projects, provided one-on-one literacy tutoring to the children, and chaperoned field trips. I also contributed additional time, outside of my set hours, to stay after school and assist with extracurricular activities.
For the past several winters, I volunteered with children on the slopes of a local ski resort, assisting coaches with teaching basic skiing to toddlers and elementary school age children.
If the Greenleaf Center has a need for a dedicated volunteer, I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to assist. I believe it would be an excellent opportunity to develop my interest in early childhood education, a field I wish to study and pursue professionally in the future.
My schedule is flexible and I am available to volunteer both evening and weekend hours, as well as during the day. Please feel free to reach out to me via email or cell phone.
I would welcome the opportunity to meet with you in person to discuss any potential opportunities at the Greenleaf Child Center.
Thanks for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you!
Dear Mr. Jonas,
I would like to apply for the Volunteer Coordinator with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Simsbury. I have 15 years of experience in various helping professions and have spent the last four years working with volunteers.
In my position as Volunteer Coordinator with the Agape Agency I coordinated volunteer recruitment efforts handled volunteer training and supervised the work of volunteers. I am an effective communicator and enjoy working with people. I have the superior organizational skills needed to coordinate the activities of a large number of volunteers. In addition my outgoing and friendly personality lends itself to helping volunteers to feel comfortable with their new duties and environment. My experience combined with my personal characteristics make me an ideal candidate for your Volunteer Coordinator position with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Simsbury. Past employers have been pleased with my attention to detail and high-energy dedication to the job.
I would love to put these qualities to work at your new Volunteer Coordinator.I am confident that my experience credentials and personality make me a well-qualified candidate for the Volunteer Coordinator position at your organization. Please contact me at your convenience to arrange an interview. I look forward to speaking with you and thank you for your time.