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Ways to Volunteer in Your Community
Communities and organizations are always looking for volunteers. Volunteering can range from a full time commitment to a few minutes of your time. It can be rewarding and sometimes a life changing experience. The following are reasons why you should volunteer and some ideas of how or where you can donate your time. Volunteers make a difference in ones' community.
Volunteering is a great thing to do.
Volunteering is a great thing to do. Anyone can be a volunteer. The following reasons are benefits of why one should volunteer:
- Opportunity to help others
- You get meet new people and build a network
- Share your skills with others
- Boost your self-esteem
- Built your career experience
- Makes your community a better place to live
Organizations looking for Volunteers
Human Service organizations and local charities are always looking for volunteers. Many of them depend on volunteers to stay active. Below is a list of places that are good starting places if you are interested in volunteering. Many of these places can be found in your local phone book or by doing a quick internet search.
- American Red Cross
- United Way
- Salvation Army
- State Parks
- Senior Centers
- Special Olympics
- Meals on Wheels
- Local Food Banks
- Local Church Halls
- Habitat for Humanity
- Animal Shelters
- Nursing Homes
- Veteran Homes
- Polling Places
- Local Library
- Local Clubs
- Local Youth Sports
- Local Crime Watch
Things you can do to make a difference
If you do not have the time to commit yourself to an organization, there are other ways to make a difference. The following ways are not long term, can be quick and easy, while others are things you can do while out running errands.
- Pick up trash
- Take left overs to an elderly neighbor
- Coach a youth team
- Give blood
- Donate toys, canned food, clothes, or eyeglasses
- Attend a local festival
- Donate old newspapers to an animal shelter
- Shop Locally
Consider places that hold fundraisers or charity events
Many do not realize but by attending a fundraiser or local community event, you are volunteering you time and giving back to the community. These type of events are the most enjoyable ways to give your time and sometimes the biggest financial support for organizations. Some examples of where you can participate in this type of activity are:
- School groups
- Community Sports Associations
- Fire Companies
- Girl Scouts
- Boy Scouts
- Youth Groups
- Rotary Clubs
- Sportsman Clubs
Ways to find these type of events is to check your local newspaper, bulletin boards, or local news website for community events.
Why you should volunteer?
Now that you have some ideas of ways to volunteer, get out there, and make a difference in your community.
I am going to leave you with my favorite quote that describes the meaning of volunteering to me:
You will find as you look back upon your life, that the moments that stand out are the moments when you have done things for others. Unknown Author
“Volunteer Quotes.” Volunteer Recognition. NCSU, 4 Nov. 2004. Web. 17 June 2013.
© 2013 Trisha Cann