Happy National Volunteer Month!

April 7, 2010 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

We don’t say it enough: Thank you. To everyone who volunteers, be it at Cradles to Crayons or elsewhere, we greatly appreciate your efforts.

We thought it would be fun to list a few fun suggestions to celebrate the month (besides signing up to volunteer at C2C, of course!) Participate on your own, or, even better, with friends and family.  And if you think you can’t be of any help, remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Everyone is great because everyone can serve.

Volunteering doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. If you’re busy, here are some smaller things you can do to brighten someone’s day.

  • Empty out your pockets/purse/briefcase at the end of each day, and place the extra coins into a jar. At the end of the month, exchange the coins for bills, round up the amount to a solid number (ie: if you collected $14.23, donate $15), and give to the charity of your choice.
  • Round up your old sheets, towels, and blankets, and donate them to your local animal shelter, many shelters use them as bedding for the pets.
  • Go through your closet. If you don’t remember the last time you wore it, place it into a bag or box and donate it to an organization that accepts used clothing. (Even better: wash or dry clean it before you donate!)
  • Bake some cookies or brownies and surprise someone with them. (Some ideas? Your mail carrier/delivery person, bus driver, crossing guard).
  • Give up your seat on public transportation to someone who needs it more than you do
  • Give up your lattes or take-out lunches for a week, and use the money you save as a gift to a microlending site like Kiva.org or Heifer.org. You can choose from thousands of entrepreneurs who need some extra help getting their business off the ground. Your gift will not only give them hope, but it will help to alleviate poverty and help them to help their families.
  • Get together with friends and sew blankets for children in the hospital.
  • Help to rock newborn babies in your local hospital’s neo-natal unit, or volunteer to walk or play with cats and dogs in your local animal shelter.
  • Can you think of any other ways to help, even if you are on a tight schedule? Leave them in the comments!

Entry filed under: Community Involvement - Boston, Community Involvement- Philadelphia.

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