What is your main reason for volunteering?
a To make a difference in someone’s life.
b To positively impact my community.
c To stop feeling so guilty all the time!
Find Your Ideal
Answer these questions to figure out which
community deeds suit your style.
Friends say they’re envious of your...
a Big heart and caring personality.
b Wild sense of adventure.
c Juggling skills: I always have 10 things happening at once.
What causes are you most passionate about?
a Homelessness, abused children, neglected veterans—
in short, working to end human suffering.
b Anything having to do with the environment or animals.
c They run the gamut: One week it’s breast cancer,
the next it’s childhood obesity.
It’s Saturday afternoon. What are you doing?
a Getting ready to host a dinner party.
b Gardening, horseback riding or hiking.
c Chasing after my kids.
How much time will you commit to?
a A couple of hours a week.
b One day a month.
c A few days a year.
You’re a jumbo-hearted idealist who
can make a hefty time commitment,
so look for opportunities built
around one-on-one relationships.
Try mentoring homeless or
at-risk youth through StandUp
for Kids ( standupforkids.org) or
delivering food to needy seniors
via Meals on Wheels (mowaa
.org). Look to your skills, too: Great
listeners can answer phones for
suicide-prevention hotlines, word
nerds can write fund-raising
proposals for charities, and
artistic types can teach people with
disabilities how to paint.
You’re one of Mother Nature’s
biggest fans, so show her some
love: Build and maintain trails
through the American Hiking
Society ( americanhiking.org); start
a pet-food bank for the American
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals ( aspca.org); or join your
local affiliate of Keep America
Beautiful ( kab.org), which stewards
thousands of beautification projects.
For steady but flexible gigs, try
cleanup or planting projects at
community gardens, beaches,
nature centers and animal shelters.
You’d love any type of volunteer
work, but you barely have a
minute to think about it! Look for
onetime gigs: Check out Habitat for
Humanity ( habitat.org) and help
build a house for a needy family in
your community (there are affiliates
in all 50 states), or run (or walk!)
in a 5K fitness fund-raiser for
Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
( komen.org). Even your packed
schedule is full of options: Paint a
backdrop for your child’s school
play or donate a bag of gently used
clothing to a women’s shelter.
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