Last Minute Ideas for Getting Involved in National Volunteer Month

Happy National Volunteer Month! April might be coming to a close, but there’s still plenty of time to get involved with a worthy cause. Here are some ideas for making a big difference in 4 hours or less:

5 minutes

  • Play a game! Some sites will donate to important causes when you play to learn languages or do crossword puzzles.
  • Save lives by signing up to be an organ donor online.
  • Change up your search engine. Some will donate to nonprofits every time you browse the web.

30 minutes

  • Clean out your cupboards and donate extra clothes and non-perishable food.
  • While you’re at it, hunt down your old cellphones and find somewhere to donate them.
  • Lace up your sneakers. Download an app that donates to charities for every mile you walk, run, or bike and get fit for a cause.

2 hours

  • Volunteer to be a reader for children at your local library.
  • Grab some friends, get out some gloves and garbage bags and head to the park to pick up trash.
  • Save several lives by donating blood at the Red Cross.

4 hours

  • Visit a nursing home. The residents will be delighted to have company.
  • Volunteer to help serve at a soup kitchen.
  • Go to the animal shelter for a fun afternoon of playing with the cats and dogs.

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