Monday, July 7, 2014

I Volunteer!

Are you restless this summer? Do you feel bored? Are you tired of watching the grass grow and the bugs crawling around on your sidewalk?

Here are a number of volunteer opportunities that might interest you:

Do you love the outdoors? The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources could use your help doing things like monitoring loons, building portable field desks, and the Adopt a River program:

 
The Children's Home Society of Minnesota can use people to help with daycare, mentoring, and assisting at events:
 
Do you like running? Here's an opportunity for you with Twin Cities in Motion:
 
 

Computer savvy? This place needs mentors to teach computer programming to elementary age kids:
 

 More into acting? At the Twin Cities Film Fest, they'll need volunteers as well---some prep before will be needed, the Film Fest is happening in October:

 At the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering, they need volunteers:
http://cse.umn.edu/admin/exrel/alumni/CSE_CONTENT_213758.php


Want easier ways to give of yourself? Here are some ideas:
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/volunteer-productivity-%e2%80%93-7-easy-ways-to-fit-volunteerism-into-your-busy-day.html

How about collecting something?
Coats, shoes, gloves, or T shirts: have you gotten T shirts for events that you never wore?
Sports equipment: things needed to play soccer, for instance, including clothing needed like cleats and socks. Or just outdoor toys.

Personal hygiene items: shampoo, soap, lotion, deodorant, tissues
Backpacks

School supplies
Water bottles
Children's books




Collect a bunch, then donate them to a shelter--you might call an organization and see what  they are always in need of. All it will 'cost' you is a place to keep these things and the process of taking them to be donated.

Consider cleaning out things you don't want or need and donating them, traditionally to Goodwill or Salvation Army, but if you contact Vietnam Vets or the Lupus Foundation, (only two examples) they will actually come to your house and pick up your stuff. You just package it up and leave it out for them, you don't even have to be at home.

Or, you could clean out your house and have a sale, and donate your profits to a group of your choice.

What do you know that you could teach someone? Do you play an instrument, dance hip-hop, or could you teach someone how to sew? What about your knowledge of Facebook? Can you show someone how to set up a budget? Can you teach cooking to someone? Think of something you'd like to share, and find a connection to people who want to learn: Senior Centers, daycare providers, or just a friend who wants to learn.

Volunteer: you never know how you can impact someone else's life.
 

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