National Volunteer Week is April 7-13.
Idealist.org advises that as you prepare to volunteer, consider the types of opportunities that will work best for you. Finding the right role will ensure your own enjoyment and most importantly fulfill your commitment to the organization, which may have invested significant time in your management and training. Here are some places to look when considering opportunities.
Help out at an animal shelter
Volunteer at a shelter. Shelters often rely heavily on their volunteers to clean, feed, and interact with potential adopters. The more people that can answer questions and hold conversations about the adoptable animals the greater the chance for adoptions. If you don't have time to volunteer, donations of supplies are always a great way to help out too.
Spend time helping children do homework and projects
Mentoring children in afterschool programs or at the local library helps children who otherwise may not have someone at home, or someone at home who has time, to help out with school work.
Join a nonprofit board
Idealist.org board service is a vital volunteer role for nonprofit organizations that entails significant responsibilities. In the United States, all nonprofits are legally required to have a board of directors, who serve as fiduciaries for the organization, ensuring that the financial practices of the organization are sound.
Spend time with a hospice patient
Spending time with terminally ill patients is a much needed skill in the volunteering community. Being able to get their minds off of treatments, pain or end-of-life preparations can be a great comfort to those in need of hospice services.
Lead a tour
Lead a tour at a historic site or museum. If you're willing to learn fun facts and history about your surroundings, head up to a local museum or landmark and see if they need people to help lead tours or watch valuable items at fundraising events.
Instruct a fitness class
If you're a gifted athlete or practitioner of physical fitness, lend your time to a local park district or day center to teach aerobic classes.
Volunteering to pick up trash helps preserve our ecosystems.
Serve food at a homeless shelter
For those who have lost their homes, it's extremely challenging to access food every day. Helping those in need of a meal may be more rewarding than you'd expect.
Plant a tree
Trees are an essential part of life on Earth. They remove carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from the air, helping cool our environment.
Run for charity
Maintaining your fitness while raising money for a good cause is a plain and simple win-win.