When most people think about volunteer opportunities, their first thoughts usually involve food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters. While these are invaluable resources for the underprivileged in a community, not everyone can or wants to volunteer at those locations. Other common mental images are events such as the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life or the Walk for Alzheimer’s. Again, both of these are wonderful causes for a person to donate their time, money and energy to, but some people feel rather disconnected from the actual cause they are supporting when they are so focused on a specific event. They want to be a little closer to those they are actually helping.
Volunteers dedicate a great deal of time and energy to the cause they support. As such, it is important that volunteers enjoy what they are doing. While the satisfaction of helping others can go a long way, volunteers will not stick around for the long haul if they are miserable during their work.Thankfully, volunteer opportunities are nearly endless. Here are seven lesser known ways that a person can make a difference in their community.