Are you looking to volunteer? It’s a great way to get out of the house, connect with others, meet like-minded people and give back to the community. There are lots of ways to find volunteer gigs that meet your needs and are of interest to you. Below are a few ideas you might want to check out.
UNIQUE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Coordinate the packaging & dissemination of clean undies for kids
Work to ensure all children have access to the daily dignity of clean underwear and help promote the conditions for success that every kid deserves through an organization like Undies for Everyone
Put Together Hygiene Kits
Help girls and women across the world without access to personal products by creating and donating feminine hygiene kits through an organization like Days for Girls.
Put your grammar snobbiness to good use by proofreading for Distributed Proofreaders, an organization that digitizes public domain books.
Build a Home
Work with an organization like Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a family in need.
Send Care Packages to Troops Overseas
Do you know someone who has a relative overseas? You could adopt their unit. If you don’t have a personal connection, contact organizations like Operation Shoebox to get started.
Tutor and mentor kids over the Internet from the comfort of your own home! You don’t need to leave your house to participate in an important volunteer effort. I Could Be is one organization in which you can participate if you want to help at-risk teens.
Assist A Local Politician
Walking door-to-door is a physical activity that helps you stay engaged and involved with the community while providing support for your favorite candidate.
Provide Help During Tax Season
Help others with their taxes if you have the skills and experience to do so. Reach out to community centers or contact local businesses that need assistance through the first five months of the year.
Help Clean Up the Environment
Keeping the environment clean is a big job and help is always needed. Contact local authorities to ask how you might get involved in the efforts of your community.
Help Feed the Hungry
Hunger is a huge problem today in many communities. Use your experience and organizational skills to help provide food quickly and efficiently to those in need. Contact a local non-profit or check out the Meals On Wheels website to help you find convenient opportunities.
Travel With an International Volunteering Service
Many communities world-wide desperately need help with healthcare and education – International volunteering services are a great way to give back if you love to travel. One such organization is the Peace Corps.
The bottom line
There are lots of unique volunteer opportunities. Once you decide you want to volunteer, the next step is to contact the appropriate organization. You’ll want to pick one that feels like the right fit. So many ways to contribute on a volunteer basis exist in every community! Let us know in the comment box below if you have additional ideas to add to our list!
originally posted August 25, 2019
updated July 10, 2022