Volunteering Ideas Depending on How Much Time You Have.
Source: SHAPE.COM • 3 min read
Even the super-busy can still give back.
One stress-reduction strategy you may not have tried? Volunteering. According to the Anxiety and Depression Society of America, giving back to your community can help you take a break from the stress of your own life. Here, how to get involved, whatever your schedule:
If You Have a Few Hours Every Week
Consider signing up for a regular gig helping out somewhere that means something to you. If you like kids, consider coaching a sports team, tutoring kids after school, or signing up for Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you want to get your own kids involved, create a newcomers group in your neighborhood to welcome new families, or sign up to foster a dog or cat (use the Shelter Pet Project to find a shelter near you). Want to help those who are less mobile? Sign up to help prepare or deliver meals to the elderly or housebound, read or socialize with residents at a nursing home, or just mow the lawn for your elderly or disabled neighbor.
If You Have a Few Hours Once a Month
Many organizations allow volunteers to drop in whenever they can, even if it’s not on a regular basis. Help your local library sort through donations and old books, spend a morning at a soup kitchen or community pantry, or help out at bingo night at the local senior center. Animal lovers can sign up to help walk or wash dogs at a nearby shelter.