There is no doubt that volunteering is a fulfilling and humbling activity for school groups and organizations to take part in. Being a volunteer is a great way to “give back” to the communities where we live in and help others.
These days, there are many types of volunteer opportunities that school groups and organizations can get involved in. No matter whether you are in search of long-term or seasonal volunteer openings, you should have no trouble finding causes that are worthy of your time and efforts.
Here are a few volunteer ideas to help others and build goodwill in your community:
Old Age Homes and Hospitals – Old age homes and hospitals are always happy to welcome volunteers who want to entertain patients or help out in some capacity. This is a great opportunity for school bands to offer live entertainment and bring cheer to the halls of these healthcare facilities. Other volunteer opportunities that are often available at hospitals and old age home may include helping with food service, running a book cart for patients, working in the gift shop, spending time with patients and wheelchair transportation.
Area Food Banks – While many of us take the food we have on our table for granted, Food Poverty and Food Insecurity is a serious issue that affects 17.4 million households in the United States. Donating time at a local or regional Food Bank is a great way to help people who are struggling to keep food on their table with this very basic need. Volunteer opportunities that your group can get involved in can include serving food at Soup Kitchens, repackaging donated food for use at local food banks, or transporting food to charitable Organizations in your community.
Seasonal Or Disaster Relief Volunteering – Larger charitable Organizations such as the Salvation Army and the Red Cross help people who are in need all year-long. No matter whether you help ring bells to at Christmas time to raise funds for the Salvation Army or you work with the Red Cross to give relief for natural disasters or a personal loss within your community caused by fire, your efforts are certain to make life better for someone else.
Animal Shelters – People are not the only ones who need the help of volunteers! Animal rescue and shelter groups always need the help of volunteers to help care for cats, dogs, and other animals that were abandoned or abused. There are many ways that people can help at these shelters, and every bit helps. If you love animals, you’ll find this is a rewarding activity that helps animals who have no real way to help themselves.
We hope these volunteer ideas are helpful for your school or Organization to become involved in.