Easier Ways to Volunteer
How to be a team player without spending hours baking or manning a booth at the school book sale:
Steer clear of committees. Meetings are usually long and often lead to follow-up projects. Instead, chaperone a one-time field trip: You've come, you've cooed over the baby chicks -- and now you can go home.
Be visible. Pitch in when your church or community center does its spring cleaning. Or offer to read to your child's class. You'll score points with the people who count -- and you might even have fun.
Take the work home with you. If you know you can type carnival flyers fast, ask to do that so you can skip the brainstorming session.
Split duties with another mom. Can't spend a couple of hours at the bake sale? Find a friend who's in the same boat and divvy up the shift.