Not every person or organization has the same ability or opportunity to engage in volunteering. Also, every volunteering role does not require the same amount of time be it in preparation, skill set needed, or physical time present. Identifying and matching the needs and opportunities with those who can best meet those needs and opportunities is very important.
One approach to this is by categorizing the level, skills, and time needed to complete various volunteering opportunities by using the terms wading, swimming, and diving. Each term corresponding with the amount of preparation time, skill level needed, time required, and leadership expectation desired. These categories can guide everyone to an appropriate volunteer expression based on their particular circumstances. An example of these categories and some possible generic volunteering roles/activities would be: