Volunteering at Animal Shelters
Animal shelters take in stray and abused animals, rehabilitating them as needed and finding them good, permanent homes. Most shelters depend largely on a volunteer workforce for nearly all of their daily operations. Animal shelter workers clean cages, feed and water animals, walk dogs, and play with kittens. Most youth enjoy working with animals, and the work involved teaches them valuable lessons about responsibility and respect for animals.
Helping Senior Citizens
Check with your local Senior Center, Council on Aging, or other similar organization to find out how to help senior citizens in your area. Young people can volunteer to do seasonal work such as weeding flowerbeds, raking leaves, or shoveling snow for elderly residents whose mobility problems make upkeep difficult. Volunteers may also help by doing light housekeeping or even just spending time with those who are housebound.
Some nursing homes and assisted living communities also welcome volunteers to spend time with their residents. Something as simple as spending a couple of hours a week playing checkers with an old man can make an enormous difference in someone’s life.
Volunteering for the Environment
Environmentally-minded organizations are becoming increasingly numerous, so chances are there is an environmentalist group in your area. If you are unsure who to contact about these local organizations, contact your local government offices to inquire.
One of the most common ways environmental volunteers spend their time is gathering rubbish cast off along road, beaches, and in parks. In waterfront areas, volunteers may be called upon in the even of an oil spill or similar disaster. These volunteers help clean up the water, the beaches, and any affected wildlife.
Volunteering Through Your Church
Many churches have volunteer opportunities for everything from providing daycare during church services to serving meals at church functions. Additionally, church youth groups commonly participate in community service activities.
Source by Steve Volman
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