With colder weather comes the urge to curl up on the couch with a blanket and hibernate until the weather warms up. Even though the winter months are just around the corner, volunteer opportunities are just heating up! If you’re wondering what you can do as the temps drop, check out these volunteer ideas perfect for the changing weather and winter months to come.
Help Save the Environment
ReStores accept donations and sell a constantly changing, discounted inventory of diverse, high-quality merchandise - all while diverting reusable household items and building materials from going into landfills.
From customer service to merchandising to event planning, Habitat ReStores offer a multitude of volunteer opportunities geared toward individual interests and skills. In addition to helping families create safe, decent, and affordable housing, you can expect a fun and rewarding time while volunteering at Habitat ReStore! It’s a great place to interact with ReStore staff and your fellow volunteers while engaging with the community.
Provide Food for Those in Need
Thanksgiving is a time when many soup kitchens and food banks ramp up collections. Volunteer or donate to a local organization that provides meals for those in need this holiday season. Cold weather also means some people may not be able to get out of the house as easily. Consider partnering with an organization that delivers hot meals to those in need.
Donate Extra Warm Clothing
As temperatures drop, the need for warm clothing is dire. Look through your closet to see if you have any coats, hats, mittens, or other warm clothing you can donate. Consider involving your friends and family by getting them to look through their closets, too. You could be the person to pick up the items from your loved ones and deliver them to a local organization.
Scoop a Neighbor’s Driveway
If you live in an area that gets snow, consider lending a hand to scoop your neighbor’s driveway. You could also help remove snow for those in need throughout the community. In the meantime, if it hasn’t snowed, consider doing the same by raking leaves. You can translate this thinking to any act of kindness for a neighbor in need!
Try Your Hand at Virtual Volunteering
The world of volunteerism has evolved so much that you may not even have to leave your couch! Virtual volunteer opportunities exist with some organizations. This could include meeting via video conferencing software to learn about helpful tasks that can be done from anywhere. Consider computer skills you excel at and offer those up to a volunteer coordinator to see if you can match a need the organization has to fill.
Make Your Volunteer Plans for the New Year
As the year winds down, it’s the perfect time to develop new plans for the coming year. Use this time to draft out your volunteering and giving plans for 2023. Consider organizations you’ve already helped and would like to continue with, while also identifying new causes you may be passionate about. Write it down so you can help keep track of your goals.
Although the weather is cooling down, that doesn’t mean volunteer opportunities are also cooling! Use this season to participate in activities made for the colder months. As you make your plans throughout the end of the year, don’t forget to consider how you’ll contribute to making the world a better place in 2023.