Volunteering is a great way to spend some time helping the people around you and improving the community. Better still, giving back can be good for your health. It improves your self-image, gives you a sense of accomplishment, and is overall rewarding.
There are plenty of different ways to help out depending on your interests, skills, abilities, and the amount of time you are willing to invest. Here are some ideas to get you started on your next project:
- Community Kitchens- Often called soup kitchens, these facilities offer a wide array of volunteering activities. You could help out with preparing food, serving food, sorting and shelving items, or even driving a van around to deliver meals to various families.
- Habitat for Humanity- This nonprofit organization pulls groups of people together to build homes for those in
need. When the home is complete, it is sold to the family who applied for the help at an affordable price.
- Nursing Homes and Senior Care- If working in a nursing home is not for you, there are plenty of opportunities to help people in their own homes. For instance, Seniors Helping Seniors has a unique business model where seniors help their peers as needed to facilitate life at their house.
- St. Francis of Assisi- This organization trains dogs to assist handicapped. This ranges from seeing eye dogs to dogs that can assist those in wheelchairs. Even if you aren’t capable of spending a year training a dog, some people are able to babysit dogs when their trainers or on vacation or have an obligation where they cannot bring their pet.
- Big Brothers and Sisters- This youth mentoring program pairs children growing up in rough environments with an adult role model. The adult will take their little brother or sister to do fun outings with them, keeping them out of the influence of harmful activities and substances.
- Tutoring- Check out your local schools for tutoring opportunities in the subject of your choice.
- Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)- This volunteering opportunity is a serious commitment and is too intense for some. It requires long hours, extensive training, and a person who is able to cope with trauma and take on medical responsibilities.
And these are just a handful of suggestions! Check out community websites to see how else you can help. Many companies will even put together a community service group and set up the logistics.