When you help someone out, it makes ya feel totally awesome.
But there are only so many times that you can do the standard charity acts
without getting bored. Well, here are 8 activities that you can add to your
volunteering calendar to brighten someone’s day and make ya feel like a star.
If you love to sing, dance, or play an instrument, why not
share that with others? Call up a local nursing home, and see if you can
arrange to come perform for the people who live there. You’ll have a blast
doing something you’re passionate about, and they’ll be happy to have the
entertainment. (Plus, you’ll get some extra practice for when ya score that
spot on America’s Got Talent.)
What’s Up, Doc?
Interested in a career in medicine? Check out the
volunteering opportunities at a hospital near you. No, you’re not gonna get to
operate on anyone, but you can help keep the place clean and organized. Or you
can keep patients company, if you like to chat. Either way, just hangin’ around
the hospital will give you a taste of what a job there would be like, and it’s
a great way to find out if that’s what you wanna do with your life.
Join the Green Team
If ya love the environment and haven’t heard of the Sierra
Student Coalition, you should totally check it out. It’s a national
organization that’s dedicated to saving the Earth through education. And the
best part? It’s led by students! So find the chapter nearest you, and start
fine-tuning those leadership skills so you can help preserve the planet.
Education Is Key
You loved going to museums and aquariums when you were
little, so why not now? Call up the ones nearest to you, and see what
volunteering opportunities they offer. Just think – you can walk by those
adorable dolphins every day for free, and make other people’s experiences
better at the same time.
All Play, No Work
You’re an A+ babysitter, and you just love kids. So try
sharing your services for free at a local family shelter. While the parents are
lookin’ for ways to get their fam under their own roof, you can help them out
by keeping the kids out of their hair. You’ll get to play with some super-cute
babies, and maybe help give them a chance for a better life at the same time.
Tech Savvy Sistah
Is there a local non-profit that you heart? Ask them if
they’d like you to set up a web page for them. Having a presence on the web
will really boost their popularity, and you’ll be saving them lots of money
that they can then use to help whatever cause they’re pullin’ for.
Spread the Love
Gather up old toys and dolls from your house and from your
besties. Then clean up the toys, maybe sew the dolls new dresses, and donate
them all to a local orphanage. You and your chicas may be too old for those
dolls, but there’s no reason other kids can’t make some new memories with them.
You feel pretty sad when you drive by all that graffiti
that’s bringing down your gorge neighborhood. Well, stop feelin’ blue, and
cover it up with your own colors. If you’ve got some artistic talent, let it
shine, girl! Paint a positive mural over that graffiti so you can put a smile
on your neighbors’ faces every time they drive by.
How are you going to help your community this summer?
BY CARRIE RUPPERT ON 7/15/2012 12:00:00 AM
POSTED IN boredom buster, charity, do gooder