After the long and lazy hibernation of winter, there’s a lot to be done! It’s time for some major spring cleaning to revitalize our communities. Our cities (OUR WORLD!) need a helping hand.

With National Volunteer Week fast approaching (April 21-27), we wanted to brainstorm the numerous ways we can help out and volunteer year round.

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Many of the links below are for opportunities in Minnesota, but please don’t hesitate to research your own home town if one of these volunteer positions interest you! 🙂

Volunteer Opportunities:

– Humane Society: help our furry and feathered friends find comfort

– Plant trees, shrubs and flowers in your area: with Earth Day & Arbor Day fast approaching, your community will have plenty of opportunities open! Arbor Day Foundation

– Habitat for Humanity: help create affordable, green shelters for low income families

Homeless shelter: help sort donations, make/serve food, answer emails & calls, or assist with educational programs

– Protect our waters: help keep our waters clean and free of invasive species. Locals for Lakes

-If you live in Minnesota you could become a Master Naturalist Volunteer!

-Support your local zoo! Minnesota Zoo Volunteer Opportunities

– Foster Care: you don’t need to foster a child to help a child – check in with your local foster care to see what services they might need.

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– Library: help out at an event, book drive or read-a-loud. Hennepin County Library Opportunities

– Be a mentor or tutor at your local school and help a struggling student feel more confident

– Nursing home: craft, play games, read, and just chit-chat to bring cheer to someone’s day

– Thrift shop: help sort & shelve items to aid them in a second chance

– Hospital: numerous organizations exist to help ease someone’s pain. Such as Open Arms Minnesota which grows, cooks and delivers food to people struggling with illnesses

– Local farms: so much work to be done, you’re sure to be needed!

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Volunteer your talents, time and joy to make our world a better place!
For more volunteer opportunities & dates check out Spring into Volunteering Hands On Twin Cities, and find what fits right for you. 🙂

 

If you know of any other great opportunities, feel free to share them in the comments below!

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