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The Five Love Languages of Volunteering: Words of Affirmation

By Sierra Pope, VISTA Volunteer Coordinator

Continuing with our series on the love languages, today will be focused on words of affirmation. This might be your love language if you enjoy spreading joy through kind words or talking to a variety of people throughout the day. If that sounds like you, you might be a good fit for our reception or guest blog writer roles.

How would you be able to use words of affirmation as a receptionist? Willis Dady receptionists are often the first people someone meets as they come into the shelter. This includes clients, donors, other volunteers, and community members. A receptionist brings a welcoming and warm environment to our front desk so anyone coming in feels at ease. Someone might be looking for a listening ear and a word of encouragement that you could provide. (Any serious matters should be reported to staff for handling.) For a full job description and volunteer application, visit

If you’d rather work more behind the scenes, our guest blog writer position might be a better fit for you. This is a virtual opportunity that allows you to use your talents from your own computer. We’re always looking for new ways to engage the community in Willis Dady’s work and the causes close to our hearts. The guest blog writer position is left fairly open-ended so volunteers can cater it to their own interests. This could include interviewing local non-profits to learn more about their work or writing a summary of a research paper relevant to one of our programs. Willis Dady staff will review all submissions and determine final edits and publishing. If you’d like more information about this position, email our Volunteer Coordinator at

Sierra is the VISTA Volunteer Coordinator at Willis Dady Homeless Services. If you are interested in volunteering reach to her at, give her a call at 319-362-7555, and fill out a volunteer application at


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