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Friday, July 19, 2019

Great Places to Volunteer This Summer

Often, volunteering is seen as an obligation, but it doesn’t have to be extremely time-consuming or boring. The best volunteering opportunities are ones where volunteers are actively engaged and having an amazing experience so that there is a desire for consistent participation. 

So, this summer, before you say, “I’m bored,” consider these great places to volunteer while also catching some sun.

1. YMCA - It’s more than just a song and a fun dance! There are local YMCAs across the country that offer programs for both adults and children that could use your help. They can always use help teaching classes, coaching a sports team, or tutoring. There is no better way to positively impact your neighborhood directly. 

47 YMCA Chapters have received a four-star rating! Utilize our Advanced Search Tool to find your localized organization.

2. Habitat for Humanity - All you have to do is get in contact with your local Habitat for Humanity Chapter and find out about their current projects. Don’t know anything about building houses? Not to worry, they have professionals present that will guide you through the whole process. And, if building just isn’t for you, you can volunteer at a local Habitat ReStore, where they sell both new and gently used home improvement items below retail price. 

74 Habitat Humanity Chapters have received a four-star rating! Utilize our Advanced Search Tool to find your localized organization.

3. Find Your Park - Did you know that you could volunteer at places like the Redwood National and State Parks in California or the Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado? Find Your Park was created by the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service, “designed to encourage people to find their personal connections to our national parks.” By visiting https://findyourpark.com/get-involved, you can access various volunteering opportunities in your area that include park/coastal cleanups and photography, as well as a list of “friend groups” that are trusted, local partner organizations to get involved with and support.

4. American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) - Our furry friends can use our help too. The ASPCA offers both national and local volunteering opportunities. You can be an advocate for positive animal legislative and public policy implementations, a Daily Care Responder, choose to foster an animal, or simply volunteer at a local ASPCA animal shelter. 

Volunteering and fun do not have to be mutually exclusive. Enjoy your summer by becoming more involved in your community and beyond!

We want to hear from you! Have you volunteered at any of these organizations, and what was your experience like? Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments below!

This post was contributed by Jessica Cunha, a Digital Marketing and Fundraising Intern at Charity Navigator. Jessica is currently studying at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts as a Political Communication Major with minors in Nonprofit Communication Management and Public Diplomacy. She believes that nonprofits play a vital role in the world and is passionate about Charity Navigator’s mission to identify charities the public can trust and support.

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

All great ideas! I especially like the ASPCA for advocacy. Thanks Jessica.