Get Outside and Do Some Good!
Spring is officially here and recent above average temperatures across the nation indicate it's going to be a hot one. Enjoy the pleasant weather and get out and do some good with these 20 sun-friendly ideas for lending a hand and volunteering this beautiful SPRING season!
1. Neighborhood Clean Up: Care for the earth around you by gathering friends, neighbors, team or troop mates and organizing a community clean up.
2. Run a 5k/charity walkathon: Make giving back and doing good even healthier! Gather girlfriends and participate in an athletic event where registration proceeds are donated to a good cause.
3. Disaster Relief: Severe weather has affected a large amount of the nation within the past year – encourage your volunteer group to donate a day of clean up or rebuilding for an affected nearby town. Alternative: Collect school supplies and donate to hard-hit school.
5. Beautify the green space of a local shelter: Grab bright colored flowers and spend a day tending to some weeding, mulching and brightening up a local homeless shelter’s yard or walkway.
6. Plan a picnic with an elderly neighbor: Fashion a yummy meal-to-go and pack away with drinks and napkins in an ol’ picnic basket. Surprise an elderly neighbor with a quick meal out in the sun, whether in a nearby park or even the front yard!
7. Offer to help at the outdoor school carnival: Parent volunteers are a MUST to pull off a large fundraiser like a school carnival – offer a few hours to help set up, run booths, sell tickets/concessions, or clean up. Organizers, save time with free online sign up sheets!
8. Lemonade Stand: Kids love this novelty fundraiser that can be set up right in the yard. Great for practicing math and getting to know the neighbors; consider donating the profits to a local organization!
9. Lend a hand at the town’s spring festival: Check out your Chamber of Commerce’s webpage and see if volunteer needs are posted for seasonal events, i.e. festivals, free concerts.
10. Animal shelter/adoption event: Contact your local humane shelter and ask if you can help at the next outdoor adoption event whether it’s transporting animals, bathing and grooming, or just helping handle animals as potential adopters visit.
11. Community garden: Does your school or local charity manage a charity garden? Spring time means prepping the beds – from weeding to tilling and mulching, there is lots of work to be done. Find out if you can help and get the kids in on the outside fun!
12. Coaching: Sports lovers can donate their time and make a difference in the life of any child with free coaching sessions – think outdoor sports like tennis, swimming, soccer and softball!
13. Volunteer at Field Day: Annual Field Day at school is sure to be a memorable event – get in on the fun by volunteering your time to set up, time races, manage stations, hand out snacks, or clean up.
14. Get in on the Easter Ggg Hunt: This age-old tradition is a fantastically fun way to get outside and enjoy the weather. Volunteer to help fill or hide eggs and chaperone kids during the hunt!
15. Building houses: Contact your local Habitat for Humanity and find out if there are open volunteer spots for your group to help one weekend building a home for a deserving family.
16. Pool Party Food Drive: The next time you host a pool party, ask for canned and non-perishable food donations for “entry.” Donate the collected goods to a local food bank. Alternative: for your kid’s next birthday party ask for food donations instead of gifts!
17. Sign up to help at school: Whether it’s chaperoning an end of the year field trip or keeping watch at recess, there are multiple ways to get involved at your child’s school and get some sun too!
18. Join in your organization’s spring work day: When you get the email to help at your church or nonprofit’s spring work day, don’t delete – say YES!
19. Plant a tree!: Contact your local Arbor Day Foundation group and find out what your town or city will be doing this year for Arbor Day. Get dirty and plant a tree!
20. Volunteer with wildlife and nature: Call up your local wildlife museum, nature center or parks department and ask what needs they will have this spring season. Work with your group to spread the nature love with a little of your own sweat.