Ways to Volunteer in Your Community

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“Only a life lived for others is worth living.” – Albert Einstein

Have you been asking yourself if there’s more in life? Are you searching for the answer? Do you need some suggestions or guidance?

Maybe it’s time to volunteer.

“The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering:  Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” – Ivan Scheier

People volunteer for different reasons:

  • Give back to the community
  • It makes them happy
  • Develop new skills
  • Build on existing experience and knowledge
  • Make new friends

“The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” – Helen Keller

Benefits of volunteering:  4 ways to feel healthier and happier

  • Volunteering connects you to others
  • Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  • Volunteering can advance your career
  • Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life 

“I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.” – Thomas Jefferson

Do you have enough time to volunteer?  Absolutely! Every charity and organization has different needs. Whether you are available for a few hours a month, an afternoon every week, or a year in another country, your time and effort is greatly appreciated.

Volunteer opportunities from your own home are available. You can also ask charities and organizations you are interested in if you can help at home or via the internet. There are numerous ways to volunteer.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” – Anne Frank

What are the most popular types of volunteering?

  • Animal Welfare
  • Environmental
  • Hunger and Homelessness
  • Advocacy and Human Rights
  • Education and Literacy
  • Elderly and Disabled
  • Disaster Relief
  • Children and Youth
  • Trustee
  • Refugees/Immigrants
  • Research
  • Crisis Support
  • Arts and Culture
  • International
  • Justice and Legal
  • Health and Medicine
  • Emergency and Safety

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” – Oscar Wilde 

Major Volunteer Charities and Organizations:

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” – Erma Bombeck

Do you have what it takes to volunteer? Yes! Everyone has a skill set they can share with others. Whether it is a friendly demeanor, a fondness for animals, musical abilities, blood to donate, marketing skills, a hand to hold, or an ability to secure an IV, you have what is needed. 

“Never underestimate your ability to make someone else’s life better – even if you never know it.” – Greg Louganis

What are your interests? There are volunteer opportunities out there for almost everything. Try matching your interests to a volunteer opportunity that matches.

“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” – William Shakespeare

 Nonprofit Volunteer Opportunities that Require No Previous Experience:

  • Animal Rescue Shelters
  • National Parks
  • Food Pantries
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Local Libraries
  • Art Museums
  • Political Campaigns
  • YMCA
  • Retirement Homes
  • American Red Cross

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill 

Volunteer Opportunities in Macungie/Lehigh County:

If you’re unsure where to start, VolunteerMatch will help you find the best opportunities based on your interests and location.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you’re ready to get out there and lend a helping hand, use these resources to get you started! You’ll love how you feel and the charities will appreciate all you have to give. 

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