We have heard of staycations where you stay in town and see the sights in your own back yard. Well I am suggesting you include a day, half day, or just a couple hours of service in your staycation. There are many worthy projects in the area.
Heartland Habitat for Humanity has 3 times more projects than volunteers. If you are at least 16 you can volunteer on one of the area builds, a rehab project, or the Restore. The neat thing about volunteering for Habitat you can learn skills that will be useful. For more information on volunteer opportunities at Habitat, contact Vanessa at 913-342-3047 or at Vanessa@heartlandhabitat.org.
Community gardens and urban farms grow and thrive because of the hard work of volunteers. There just may a green spot in your neighborhood. Give me a call at 913-371-3674 and I will direct you to the right garden or urban farm.
Cross-Lines Community Outreach needs volunteers to help with their commodities program on a monthly basis. Volunteers are needed to prepare orders and to deliver orders to the client. Give Amber a call at 913-281-3388 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, food pantries, animal shelters and museum can provide good settings for the right volunteer. During this nice weather charities sponsor 5Ks, marathon, bike rides and festivals all to raise money. These events need the commitment and dedication of volunteers to be successful. Local churches hold vacation bible schools and other youth programs. These programs need volunteers. Another suggestion might be to adopt a neighbor who can’t cut their grass or take care of the yard. Organize a neighborhood cleanup or maybe a neighborhood garage sale and donate the proceeds to a favorite charity.
For more information on how you can give, advocate and volunteer, contact me at 913-371-3674 or at email@example.com. You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out the website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.
Diane Hentges is director of the Volunteer Center at the United Way of Wyandotte County.