Community Involvement: Green Volunteerism

Community Involvement: Green Volunteerism

Amber Byfield
Mar 26, 2009

03_26_09_volunteer.jpgAs the weather begins to turn to spring (ok, maybe you have a few weeks of winter left, but go with us here), we can't help but start thinking about outdoor volunteer opportunities.

Chances are, your area's non-profits are gearing up for a busy spring and summer, and here are some ideas on how you can get involved to give back to your community and your environment.

Sign up to work with Habitat for Humanity, or a home-building program like it. Habitat not only builds homes for people who need them, so you can learn a bit about home d-i-y, but it also utilizes lots of recycled and sustainable materials. There's even a Habitat Restore, where all the extra salvaged building supplies can be found.

Get involved with your community garden, or sustainable farming cooperatives. A lot of organizations need help cleaning up their gardens as spring begins to bloom. Sustainable food or farming organizations in your area are probably looking for folks to help spread the word, volunteering for information booths at farmer's markets or just talking to your friends and neighbors.

Volunteer to clean up area parks, streams, and roadsides. There is plenty of litter to pick up, and there are plenty of opportunities to improve community property.

So, grab a bunch of buddies and give back to your community--and make the Earth a better place while you're at it!

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