Volunteer Cover Letter Sample and Writing Guide (Template)

Writing a volunteer cover letter? Volunteering appeals to people for a variety of reasons. They may like to obtain professional experience, expand their personal network, and/or contribute to their communities.

It's crucial to know how to create a professional volunteer cover letter if you want to seek a volunteer position. We'll go through what to include in a volunteer cover letter, writing suggestions, and a sample of a successful cover letter in this post.

What should you include in a volunteer cover letter?

Here's what should be included in your cover letter.

volunteer cover letter

Full name and address

Start your cover letter by writing your name, home address, and primary phone number at the top, whether you're writing a physical letter or sending an email.

This lets your receiver know who you are and provides them with your contact information. Include your email address under your name if you're mailing a physical letter.

A greeting

A short salutation or greeting should begin your letter. This should be courteous and professional, with the recipient's name mentioned if feasible.

If you don't know who will be reading your letter, use the conventional format of "Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name." Avoid "Dear Sir or Madam."

If you're not sure who to address your letter to, look into the department you could be working in and see if there's a possible contact there.

Note: If you don't know the preferred prefix of the professional you're writing to, you can use "Mx" as a starting prefix. This is a gender-neutral start to the cover letter.

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An opening paragraph or introduction

Your letter's first full paragraph introduces you to your receiver/letter recipient. A brief overview of who you are and why you are interested in the role should be included. You might also include where or how you learned about the opportunity in this line.

Body paragraph

You should explain why you are a good match for the role in this paragraph.

The following should be included in the body of your letter:

  • Your education: List your degrees, majors, and the names of the colleges and universities you've attended. Because many organizations have educational criteria for volunteers, it's critical that you disclose your greatest degree of education.
  • Work experience: Concentrate on describing any relevant professional experience for the role. If you have volunteered or worked for another group, make sure to provide your title as well as the name of your employer or supervisor.
  • Skills and competencies: Finally, make a note of any special talents that are pertinent to the role. Teamwork, work ethic, interpersonal skills, and time management are examples of general abilities. You should also list any technical talents you have that are relevant to the duties you will be undertaking.

volunteer cover letter

You may also mention any professional accomplishments or certificates that illustrate your abilities in the body of your letter.

A closing paragraph

A expression of thanks should be included in the closing paragraph of your cover letter, thanking your recipient for taking the time to read and consider your message.

You should also reiterate your interest in the job and give an outline of your availability.

Finish by expressing your eagerness to hear from the company and promising a follow-up email.

Your sign-off

Include a professional sign-off beneath your conclusion, such as "Sincerely," or "With warm regards." If you're sending an email, enter your complete name first, followed by your contact details.

If you're sending a physical letter, type your name, print the letter, then sign your name beneath the closure.

How to write a volunteer cover letter

Tips for writing your cover letter for a volunteer position.

Do your research

volunteer cover letter

Do your homework. Investigate the organization before applying. Find out who you should send your letter to, what opportunities are available, and what the volunteer criteria are. Knowing this information in advance will allow you to be more precise in the body of your cover letter.

Pro tip: Cover letters should always get tailored to the application letter or company you're sending this to. Make sure to tailor your resume as well.

Set goals

Make a plan. Consider why you want to volunteer when you're drafting your letter. Perhaps you want to earn experience or skills, or you want to find a fulfilling way to give back to your community. Incorporating these objectives into your letter will assist your recipient in determining whether or not the position is a suitable fit for you.

Pro tip: If you're sending this cover letter as an email, use a simple subject line. "Your name - volunteer work," for example.

Keep your cover letter concise

Keep it short and sweet. Every week, your receiver may get dozens of volunteer applications. They may just spend a few minutes on each letter that passes their desk for the sake of efficiency. Limit your cover letter to one page.

Volunteer cover letter example

A volunteer cover letter sample.

Aaron Smith

1114 Main Street

Geneva, IL 60174

(630) 833-9473

May 21st, 2021

Deborah Hills

Manager

Childhood Care Centers

223 Summer Drive

Geneva, IL 60174

Dear Ms. Hills

I'd like to interview with Childhood Care Centers for a volunteer program. I have significant experience dealing with children, and the prospect of volunteering as a counselor excites me much.

I volunteered as a teacher's assistant at Wild Rose Elementary School in Illinois, where I had a great time assisting children with in-class activities. I was responsible for putting up classroom projects, providing one-on-one tutoring sessions to the students, and accompanying the class on field excursions as a teacher's helper.

I worked as a lifeguard at a local recreation center last winter. I earned my CPR certification, childhood development certification, and received first-aid training.

If you're looking for volunteer counselors for your summer camps, I'd be honored to be considered for the role. I feel my qualifications and expertise would make me a great addition to your company. I also hope that through volunteering, I will be able to get more experience as an early childhood educator, which is the subject in which I intend to major when I start college next year.

My summer schedule is fairly flexible, and I may volunteer in the evenings, weekends, and throughout the day. I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone.

Thank you for taking the time to read this!

Sincerely,

Aaron Smith

Volunteer cover letter template

Contact Details:

Your Name

Phone number

Email

LinkedIn URL

Current date

Hiring Manager’s Name/Recruiter’s Name

Organization/Company Name

Job title

Salutation:

Dear Mr./Ms./Mrs. (Hiring Manager’s Last Name):

When possible, address the reader or specific person the job application is getting sent to.

First Paragraph:

Use this as a way of telling the hiring manager that the resume and cover letter have gotten designed around their ideas/values.

Second Paragraph:

Keep it brief. Mention that you believe these accomplishments show relevant skills and abilities that make you a perfect fir to the volunteer work. And/or why you should be one of the volunteers.

Third Paragraph:

Close your cover letter with a clear call to action. Mention available times to have a phone interview. Or suggest they continue to read your resume for more insights on what you can bring to the company.

Closing Sign-off:

Thank you so much for your time and consideration,

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I'm looking forward to speaking with you and the team.

Your name/signature

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