Are you looking for a great way to learn new skills, gain experience, build your resume, and more? Try volunteering! There are many ways you can help those in need, whether it's in your own community or on the other side of the world. 1st Financial Bank USA believes in the importance of giving back. Here are 25 different ways that you can volunteer your time.
1. Soup Kitchen
For some people, a meal at a soup kitchen may be the only food they have for the day. Soup kitchens are always looking for volunteers to help. It's a very rewarding experience, and it's a great way to connect with people in your community, like veterans, elderly folks, parents, and children.
There's a good chance that churches in your community, or even your very own church, are seeking volunteer help. You can help serve, hand out offerings, organize church events, join a mission trip, and so much more.
3. Summer Camps
Summer camps offer great opportunities for children to learn, make friends, and stay entertained until school is back in session. This volunteer opportunity can allow you to make a difference with the next generation and teach them valuable life skills. Volunteers typically help children learn, read to them, provide snacks and meals, and play fun games!
Schools are almost always looking for volunteers. Whether you're willing to help serve lunch, watch recess, assist teachers, or take tickets at sporting events, chances are they'll be happy to have you. Volunteering at a school is a great way to interact with younger minds, give back to your community, and maybe even learn new things from children who are wise beyond their years.
5. Tutor Students
Why be a tutor? Tutoring is a great opportunity to teach children who need some one-on-one time. It is a fun experience, and you get to help students build a lifelong love of learning. Tutoring a student involves finding easier ways for a child to interpret and learn the material. This is a great way to spark your own creativity as well.
6. Mentor a Child
Big Pal, Little Pal, is a program that pairs up college students with children from the boys and girls club or with other homes. This gives kids who may not have a good role model in their life a chance to experience a healthy relationship with an adult.
7. Organize a Summer Reading Program
When school lets out for the year, students typically forget information they learned during the year over the course of the summer. Summer reading programs are a great way to keep their reading skills active and minds fresh. Plus, reading is fun!
8. Donate Books
Donating books is a great way to help out the children and families in your community. Those old books from your childhood that you're still holding onto can help other children learn to read! Donating also helps maintain the budgets of schools and nonprofit organizations who may otherwise have to purchase new books.
9. Health Care
Street Medicine is a nationwide organization that allows medical professionals and others to help those in need. If you have experience in a certain field of health or medicine, this may be the perfect opportunity for you to share what you know in order to help others in need.
10. Nursing Homes
Do you have a relative that lives in a nursing home? How often are you able to make time to visit them? The residents may not see visitors often enough and would love to have some company. You can volunteer at events, paints nails, read books, bring baked goods, make birthday cards, and so much more. The residents will enjoy the company, and the facility will be grateful for your help! You'll probably also hear some great stories about the good old days.
There are many reasons to volunteer at a hospital. It is a great opportunity for you to learn new skills, meet great people, and help out the patients, their families, and the staff. If you have skills in entertainment, you may be able to bring a smile to sick child's face or make an exhausted nurse laugh!
12. Food Bank
Food banks are essential for families and individuals all around the nation, as they provide those in need with food necessary to keep them healthy. Volunteering at a food bank may consist of donating foods, purchasing foods with a budget, delivering food to those in need, and more.
13. Organize a Blood Drive
Blood drives are essential for hospitals and their patients. If you help organize a blood drive, you could actually be helping to save the lives! Work with others to see if you can organize a blood drive for your school or workplace. Best of all, you'll meet new people who are just as eager to help others as you are.
14. Donate Unwanted Items
Some people are not fortunate enough to purchase every necessary item at full price. Donating items that are unwanted or no longer used is a great way to help out your community. Those gently used, coats, blankets, and shoes in the back of your closet can make a big difference to others. Some great places to donate include the Salvation Army and women’s shelters.
15. Animal Shelters
What's better than being able to play with cute animals for an afternoon? Animal shelters are always looking for volunteers to keep lively animals entertained, fed, and groomed. Not only do you get to play with the animals, but doing so can also decrease your own stress levels.
16. Help Build Homes
There are many great ways to help those who do not have homes, but a great way to help is through Habitat for Humanity. this organization is both local, nation, and worldwide. They build and improves homes for less fortunate people. They create affordable housing so that no one is homeless. Pictured: Two Siouxland Habitat for Humanity homes built with assistance from 1st Financial Bank USA.
17. Coach a Youth Sports Team
If you enjoy being active or have skills in a particular sport, coaching a youth sports team might be the perfect volunteer opportunity for you. You'll be able to share your passion, act as a role model, and help out parents who may be too busy to take on the role themselves.
18. Gift Christmas Presents
Operation Christmas Child is a great organization that allows families to put together shoe boxes of gifts to send to less fortunate children overseas. Whatever fun items and necessities that you can pack into the shoe box can be sent over! This is a great way to help others without having to travel yourself. Some common gift ideas are stuffed animals, crayons and coloring books, books, and a toothbrush with toothpaste.
19. Maintain the Environment
Keep the earth clean and beautiful by planting trees in your neighborhood. Picking up trash is another way to keep your community and the earth clean!
20. Packaged Meals
Many organizations around the U.S. make it easy for colleges, high schools, churches, and other groups to package meals for those living in poverty. These meals provide proper nutrients for the children and adults who receive them.No Kid Hungry,Orphan Grain Train, and others are some of the organizations working to end world hunger one meal at a time.
21. Help People Register to Vote
Some people may not be registered because they may not know how. Volunteering to help others register to vote is a great way to help people share their voice and fulfill their civic duty.
If you enjoy books and quiet, the library is the perfect place for you to volunteer. This is a great opportunity to help teach kids, read to them, organize books, and more! Libraries can offer many different activities to engage children and help improve their skills. Volunteering is always fun and allows you to participate in a variety of programs.
23. Red Cross
Red Cross is an organization that helps with disaster relief, blood donations, and more. This is a great way to volunteer because it provides a great experience in the medical field and allows you to help those in need. Red Cross responds to disasters nationwide and helps communities recover.
24. Local Foundations
There are likely local foundations in your community that are looking for volunteers to help with events, fundraisers, and other contributions to improve the success of the area. Local foundations often seek volunteers through Facebook pages, posting flyers, or activities fairs.
Volunteering at your local YMCA is one way to be interactive with children and act as a role model for them. If you enjoy working out, you can teach a class; if you enjoy playing sports, you can coach an athletic team!
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