5 Ways to Spring into Volunteering
Spring has sprung, which means sunnier days, weekend barbecues and National Volunteer Week are just around the corner. As the weather warms up, don’t miss out on these fun opportunities to get outside, get involved and make a difference!
1. Participate in a charity walk, fun run or race
Many organizations take advantage of warmer weather by hosting fundraising walks and fun runs. From 5Ks benefitting causes like cancer research and mental health awareness, to events like the Boston Marathon, which raises millions of dollars every year for a variety of charities, there are plenty of ways to get active and do good. And if you don’t consider yourself a runner, there are plenty of fun, low-key walks and runs to participate. Find a race in your area or search for events by cause.
2. Volunteer as a coach for youth sports league
With the return of the spring comes the return of outdoor youth sports leagues. We know that kids benefit immensely from sports programs, so whether you volunteer as a coach, an assistant or as a team parent, you can be certain you’re making a significant difference in a child’s life. Check your local government’s parks and recreation website to learn more about getting involved with youth sports leagues.
3. Sign up as a dog walker or adoption volunteer at a local animal shelter
Volunteering at an animal shelter is an awesome experience — all the fun of having a furry friend, with a lot less responsibility! Shelters need help with all sorts of tasks, from walking dogs to socializing rescued animals to helping at adoption events, and more. Contact your local animal welfare group or humane society to learn more about volunteer opportunities. Not sure where to start? Find a shelter near you.
4. Take travel to the next level with a volunteer vacation
A volunteer vacation is a great way to travel the world, explore new cultures and make a meaningful difference. There are many ways to engage in purposeful travel, through organizations such as Discover Corps that seek to foster cultural understanding and promote global citizenship. Founded on a deep commitment to volunteer service, Discover Corps coordinates trips in response to requests from communities in need, where travelers can make a lasting impact in a short amount of time. Bonus: If you or anyone in your group is an AmeriCorp Alum, you’re eligible for a 10% alumni discount when booking your trip! (Read about one alum’s 8-day trip to the Dominican Republic)
5. Get your hands dirty with AmeriCorps NCCC
Interested in a longer-term commitment? You can build nature trails, construct homes, fight wildfires or help clean up after natural disasters with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps. The team-based service program recruits young adults ages 18-24 to work and travel the country participating in a wide range of hands-on, direct service projects alongside community partners and local non-profits. Members receive a living stipend and education award, as well as lodging and travel expenses. Learn more and apply today!
Looking for more ways to get involved this spring? Search for volunteer opportunities in your community at AllForGood.org.