I know it’s hard to grasp the idea, but volunteering really isn’t the worst way you can spend your time. First make sure that if you are receiving unemployment benefits that you are not volunteering for more than 20 hours a week, otherwise you may lose your right to receive them!
I got my first taste of volunteering through The Ad Club in Boston. They put on great events such as the Hatch awards where the top advertising agencies gather once a year to receive their Hatch Award for the best ad, video, etc. I knew this was right up my alley and wanted to get involved.
As I was perusing facebook I noticed that one of my acquaintances was volunteering at this years Boston Marathon and this opened up a whole new area that I hadn’t looked at. The MASports association has great opportunities for those that are into sporting events and want to get closer to the game by helping out with the ticketing, food sales or any number of other duties. For those that are into road races, jobmonkey has links to all the major marathons from where you can look at the jobs they may be looking to fill.
Explore your options and interests and this may actually be a time that you can allow yourself to partake in all of these activities!
Have a great weekend!