There are many good things that come from being a volunteer. If you are well established in your community or new to the city, volunteering is a great way to meet new people. The key to being a local community volunteer, is to find what fits you best. There are a variety of options and organizations that could use your help.
The number of children in after school programs keeps growing. This is due in part to two full jobs becoming necessary for more and more parents to make ends meet. Local community youth mentoring volunteers provide a safe place for local youth to grow and learn. Background checks are often required as a screening process for volunteers. Youth mentoring may include lending an ear to listen, reading to children, and, helping kids with their schoolwork.
Lend A Helping Hand To The Elderly
Besides children, older generations and the elderly could also use assistance and a friend. Assisted living and nursing homes often have volunteers assist with their residents. Watching television, playing games, reading books, or, just simply sitting and talking with the residents can greatly help both parties feel the compassion of a friendship. Reach out to your local community nursing homes or your local community senior center to start researching opportunities.
Assisting The Less Fortunate
Across the US and other countries, there are always others that are in need of assistance. Economic conditions have increased the amount of people in need. There are numbers of ways to help from cooking, delivering hot meals, collecting clothes, and, much more. Helping to get people back on their feet is a rewarding feeling; and, there are a multitude of companies around the country that you can volunteer with. Do some research and figure out what company would be the best fit for your availability and skills.
Brighten Someone’s Day
We have all had to stay in the hospital or had someone close to us spend an extended period of time there. It can be very lonely and isolating stuck in a bed or a room with little to no contact with the outside world or even the ability to get outside. You can help diminish the feelings of loneliness and lift someone’s spirits by volunteering your time and spending an hour with them. Reach out to your local community hospital to find the correct department and procedures to get started.
Be realistic with your time and don’t over extend yourself. If you only have an hour to volunteer in your local community every couple of weeks, that is great! Being realistic as to what you can do will help optimize everyone’s time, so your time volunteering is efficient and effective for everyone.
There are numerous organizations that can use your help. Search your local community classifieds, like For Sale Hilliard, to find opportunities or share ones that you know need help.