Volunteering is good for your community as well as your health, but sometimes it can be difficult to find the right opportunity. During the holidays, chances are abundant and people are more willing to give of their time. But don’t let the end of the season stop you from seeking those in need.
You can find opportunities in your own community, throughout the country or even around the world. Whether you serve a meal at a soup kitchen, help with a toy drive, assist the Salvation Army, help with stray animals at the nearest shelter, visit with veterans or read to children at a local library, the possibilities are endless.
Don’t know where to start? Find something that interests you and seek out ways to help in that area.
Volunteer opportunities in your area or around the country
Serve.gov, Corporation for National & Community Service, variety of opportunities
Volunteer.gov, volunteer opportunities in America’s national parks and other natural and cultural resources
Volunteer.VA.gov, to volunteer at a Veterans Affairs facility
Usa.gov/volunteer, a comprehensive list of public service and volunteer websites
Volunteermatch.org, connects causes that need help with people who care about those causes
Justserve.org, linking community volunteer needs with volunteers
Volunteerhq.org, raising global awareness and cultural understanding through affordable volunteer travel
Crossculturalsolutions.org, working to improve the health, education and economic situations of women, children and the elderly throughout the world
Revivehumanity.org, offers service tours and cruises around the world
These are just a few options, but there are hundreds of opportunities to volunteer in your community and across the globe. If you are looking to provide service, first look at what you like to do, then search for something in that field. Start with your immediate community for just a few hours a week. Then if you can and want to, branch out and add more time, or go to new places. The work you do will be priceless. And think of the lives you’ll touch, even if it’s just your own.