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Friday, July 13, 2018

5 Great Places to Volunteer this Summer


The summer is a great time to volunteer. Most of us have a lighter schedule with a few extra hours here and there. Wouldn’t it be great to turn them into good in our local communities? (Plus, outdoor volunteer opportunities are a great way to work on your tan!)

Sure, volunteering sounds great, but knowing where to start can be overwhelming. That’s why we put together this list of organizations that depend on volunteers. Take a look!



So, you want to use your summer or afternoons or weekends to do good in your community, but don’t know where to start? We’ve got you covered! Here’s a list of a few places to consider volunteering this summer…

Libraries

Libraries are great places to volunteer in the summer and throughout the year. They usually offer programs to children and families to excite their love of reading. You can volunteer to teach children how to read or be a reading buddy for a young reader in your community.

Food Banks

Food banks often rely on volunteers to help clients and keep their shelves organized. If your local food bank offers other resources like a community garden or healthy cooking classes there may be many other ways you can get involved. Give them a call to find out how you can help out!  

Habitat for Humanity

Remember when I mentioned working on your tan? This is how to do it!

Get in touch with your local Habitat for Humanity chapter to learn more about their current building projects. You’ve never used a hammer? No problem! They have professionals who can teach you the skills you need to help build a home for a family in need.

103 Habitat for Humanity chapters receive a 3- or 4-star Charity Navigator rating. Use our Advanced Search Tool to find your local organization.

United Way

United Way chapters often organize community volunteer events to help individuals, families, and local organizations. Get in touch with your chapter to find out what kinds of events they have planned for the summer. Activities could range from helping individuals run errands to painting and refreshing community spaces.

355 United Way chapters receive a 3- or 4-star Charity Navigator rating. Use our Advanced Search Tool to find your local organization.

YMCA

Your local YMCA offers lots of sports programs and activities to children and families in your community. Get in touch and find out where you can lend a hand this summer. Perhaps they need help with an arts and crafts class or coaching a town sports team. 

There are lots of other places in your community to volunteer this summer. Call your town or city office to learn more about what other organizations are at work in your neighborhood and what volunteer events they have planned for the coming weeks.

78 YMCA chapters receive a 3- or 4-star Charity Navigator rating. Use our Advanced Search Tool to find your local organization.

And, remember to check out our Volunteer’s Guide before you get out there!

Have you had a great summer volunteer experience? We want to hear about it!
Comment below to tell us about what made it special or where you plan to volunteer this summer.

Written by Ashley Post, Communications Manager at Charity Navigator.

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