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Feb. 01

4 Ways to Volunteer Inside During the Winter Months

With winter drawing near, you might be thinking about how to take your volunteering to a warmer, cozier location. As temperatures drop and frost or snow covers the ground, outdoor projects become less feasible, giving way to a new crop of volunteering options that you can do from the comfort of your own home.

1. Make hats and blankets to donate


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Help others stay warm this winter by gathering some fleece, wool or yarn, and putting it to good use! Make a fleece blanket using these simple instructions and donate it to Project Linus, to help warm a child in need. Or, break out your knitting needles and make a hat or baby blanket for Knots of Love. You can check Wool Works or All Free Knitting to find more organizations in your area accepting sewn and knit items.

2. Write and send greeting cards


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Sending greeting cards is not just for the holidays! Write cards for Operation Gratitude to send in care packages to deployed troops, new recruits, and veterans. Brighten a hospitalized child's day with a personal note or card. Want to double your good deed? Check out Greet for Good, a database of organizations that sell greeting cards benefitting the organizations or causes you care about.

3. Throw a party to fundraise for your favorite cause


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Fundraising parties aren’t just for politicians and actors. You can throw a party in your house to raise money for a cause you are passionate about. Get your friends and family to help – invite your neighbors and coworkers to attend as well. You can use this guide to help you plan your event.

4. Help out seniors in your neighborhood


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Cold weather, ice and snow can present some challenges for the elderly. Use this guide help a neighbor winterize their home to protect against winter’s chill. You could also help someone do their grocery shopping, bring over a fresh, home-cooked meal, or offer to pitch in with household chores.

To find more service opportunities near you, visit www.allforgood.com.

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