I can remember the first time I painted a room--it was for a family that was moving into a Habitat for Humanity house. I was just about to become a teenager and I remember feeling important because I was helping making a difference in someone's life. I continue to volunteer for my community and have listed a few ways (and resources) so you can help volunteer your time during the holiday season (and throughout the year).
- If you're already a member of an organization that is for (or relates to your job), it's the easiest way to start volunteering. I'm a member of NAPO (the National Association of Professional Organizers) and I volunteer my time as the assistant editor for the online newsletter for my Los Angeles Chapter. You might already be a member of your local Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, or Kiwanis--all which give every member an opportunity to volunteer and serve the community.
- I had a friend who volunteered for LA Works and it ended up being such a rewarding experience that he continued to volunteer year after year. LA Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
- Become a volunteer for animals in need. Pet Orphans of Southern California has numerous volunteer opportunities from helping out with special events to becoming a cat socializer.
- I've signed up this holiday season to volunteer at Food on Foot, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.
Let us know where you volunteer in your community!
[Image from Vale Volunteers]