Tips & Advice
- 15 May 2013
- by Lauren Pinkston
Summer vacation is right around the corner, which means plenty of time to relax, have fun, and volunteer. What better way to spend extra time than by helping others? Here’s a list of fun and inexpensive ways to give back to your community during summer vacation:
1. Pick up trash in your neighborhood. This is a simple and flexible task. You can get a few of your neighbors together and pick up trash once a week on your street and surrounding areas or you can pick up the trash as you come upon it every day. Picking up litter is a great way to preserve the environment and make your neighborhood look better. This task will also protect wildlife and prevent contamination of water and land.
2. Bake cookies for first responders. Show the local firefighters and police officers your appreciation by presenting them with homemade dessert. This project can be done with your parents or friends. All you have to do is make the cookies and then bring them to your local fire station. The firefighters will be grateful for your kindness.
3. Send thank you cards to United States service men and women. This project is fun, easy, and it’s likely that you already have the materials! All you need is basic craft supplies such as paper and markers. Soldiers may request other items for personal hygiene, snacks, or recreation. These are great to include as well, but the most important thing is to show support that can be done with a simple “Thank You” card. Check out Operation Gratitude for information.
4. Volunteer at a local race. Spring and summer brings many local runners together to race and these events usually benefit a great cause. Volunteering at a race may mean signing in participants or handing out water and snacks to runners. The race coordinators are always looking for volunteers and they often offer perks such as free entry to the race or a t-shirt. There are lots of race postings on VolunTEEN Nation.org.
5. Donate stuffed animals to children’s hospitals. Almost everyone has an excess of stuffed toys in their possession, so you might consider giving yours to a children’s hospital or shelter. They will be distributed to children to calm those who have suffered a trauma or accident. Call your local police station or hospital to see if they are accepting donations or see or see if there is a SAFE chapter in your area.