Even if you are new to the area, there are great ways to plug in to the local community and gain strong satisfaction levels and make connections. Various venues are always in need of volunteers and volunteering is a great way to enjoy rewarding experiences while making life more pleasant for people in the area. Read on for some straightforward ways to embrace community involvement.
Check The Library
These important centers of community life provide books, movie, and events for a wide variety of ages. Check with the main desk at your local library and inquire about volunteer opportunities. There may be chances to help with a used book sale, shelve hold materials, read books during story time, or to assist patrons in using library technology resources. It is a pleasing way to use personal skills and to interact with people.
Use Your Green Thumb
Many venues benefit from community volunteering from those with gardening skills. Gardens and nature centers usually need help in greenhouses and with educational and community based programming. Churches and schools often have landscaped areas and appreciate community involvement with keeping the garden spaces appealing and thriving.
Participate In Conservation Efforts
Another way for nature lovers to give back to the community is to look for volunteer opportunities in the conservation field. There are typically festivals and fundraising events throughout the year for organizations that promote habitat restoration and a public awareness of conservation efforts in the home area. Contact a local nature or birding sanctuary to inquire further.
Follow Up On Philanthropy
Most communities have non profit philanthropic groups that need help with everything from education, to construction, to emotional support. There are needs for cooking meals, and delivering meals. There are even needs for exercise awareness and birthday celebrations for orphans. Whether you seek community volunteering opportunities in arts and culture or health and medicine, there is likely to be a myriad of ways to give back. Don’t hesitate to check with local non profits, even if you can only offer a few hours per week.
There are websites that match volunteers with opportunities and there are usually postings hung in local public lobbies. If you want to dig deep and learn more about the needs of your community, there are likely to be many volunteer positions to choose from. Consider your schedule and skills and get ready to enjoy a mutually rewarding experience. Volunteers steadily contribute efforts that make communities much better places.
Daniel Palmier is a leading Boston CEO, Real Estate Investment Manager, and Founder of UC Funds.