Volunteering can be an incredible opportunity to gain new experiences, meet new people, while also working in your community to help make a positive impact, but cold weather sometimes causes us to think twice. Consider the following recommendations to get involved and help others stay safe during this winter season.
- Clear snowy sidewalks. Clean sidewalks are very important for community members to stay safe during cold months. Clearing sidewalks can be a great way to get exercise, beat that feeling of being stuck inside, and help others in the community at the same time.
- Volunteer to serve meals at a local homeless shelter. Contact a homeless shelter in your area to learn about opportunities to help them make or distribute healthy meals to individuals and families who may not regularly have access to healthy food.
- Knit for a cause. Nothing says “winter” like a huge scarf or sweater to get you through the cold days ahead. The gift of good knitwear can warm someone’s heart as well as their body, which is why it’s one of the greatest presents you can give.
- Foster a pet. Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a difference in an animal’s life — just a little tender loving care. Contact your local animal welfare or rescue organization for information on fostering an animal.
- Start a community library. You may have seen boxes in your neighborhood full of free books. You can start your own free library by working with your neighbors to gather books and offering them to the community through a small box library in your community, or by working with your local library to donate new or gently used books.
Remember, small positive changes can make a big difference. There are many organizations that offer volunteer opportunities near you.