4 unique ways to volunteer your time

January 30, 2015

Regardless of the type of volunteer opportunity you're looking for, there are plenty of ways you can get involved in your community.

4 unique ways to volunteer your time

Whether you're looking for a non-committal volunteer opportunity that you can show up for when you have some free time or a steady arrangement that requires a little more from you, there are plenty of ways you can get involved in a volunteer capacity. Finding unique ways to volunteer your time can give you pleasure. Plus, serving others while you keep yourself busy can also help pad your resume.

1. Spring-cleaning

Local schools and organizations are always in need of supplies that you might think of as just household clutter. Do some spring-cleaning and take inventory of all the things you have in your closets and drawers. You could donate old school and art supplies to local schools or bring canned or boxed food you aren't using to a local food bank. It's an easy way to give back to the community.

2. Help out seniors

Many seniors who live alone have a hard time doing daily chores like raking the leaves, mowing the lawn or shovelling the driveway. Reach out to some elderly people in your community to see if you can volunteer your time to help them out. You can also offer to cook dinner for them or schedule a weekly game night if they're interested in having company. Find out if there are local organizations near you that work with seniors in your area.

3. Foster a pet

Many abused animals end up in crowded shelters and don't get the care or attention they deserve. Volunteer to foster a pet from a shelter near you. The cat or dog stays with you in your home for a few months until someone decides to adopt them. It's a great way to give them a pleasant home and lots of affection until they can find a permanent home.

4. Cheer people up

You can get crafty at home and make DIY cards and wall art to donate to local hospitals and senior centres. That way, patients and seniors can have some colourful cheer on their walls instead of blank walls. You can even hand-deliver the gifts to get a chance to meet some new people. Use a local volunteer search to find out how to get in touch with staff at senior centres and hospitals to make arrangements.

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and is good for your mental health and mood. Cheer yourself up by cheering others up with one of these unique volunteer ideas.

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