4 Fun Ways to Fall into Volunteering This Season
Posted Thursday, September 28th, 2017 by Sterling Volunteers Staff
With the passing of the Autumn Equinox last week it’s officially autumn! Or fall, if that’s how you prefer to refer to this beautiful time of year that has us taking sweaters out from storage and dusting off holiday cookbooks. With the temperatures cooling off and people beginning to spend more times indoors it may seem like volunteer opportunities are fewer during this time of year. Do not despair – there are still plenty of great ways to get involved and give back to the community. Whether it’s trekking out in search of candy with a group of kids or collecting spare change to create change in the lives of children around the world, fall time is a great time to so something good for others.
With that idea in mind, we’ve thought of 4 crisp cool ways for you to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather and the fun holidays that come around this time of year. Our fall volunteering suggestions could even be worked into a volunteer recognition party celebrating all the wonderful work your volunteers do, volunteer managers!
Dive into volunteering with our fall volunteering suggestions below:
Take a group of underprivileged kids trick-or-treating. Check around with your local children’s groups and see if they are looking for volunteers to take kids trick-or-treating. Many children’s homes have so many kids it’s difficult to take all of them out trick-or-treating at once, so they ask volunteers to walk the kids from home to home collecting treats. You’ll be doing something great for the community, making a kid’s night safe and fun, and all that walking is great for burning off the candy corn.
Stop by a local retirement home and let your kids show off their costumes. Whether you’ve teamed up with a local children’s home or you’re taking your own children and their friends out on Halloween night, consider contacting a local retirement home and see if they are having any type of festivity. The older crowd loves kids in cute costumes and stopping to see them before collecting candy gives you and the kids an opportunity to give back to the community as well as have fun!
Not a candy person? Collect donations for a charitable organization. If you’re not big on the sweet stuff or you’re trying to limit your children’s sugar intake, consider collecting donations for a nonprofit organization like the Trick-or-Treat for Unicef program or the March of Dimes. Both of these amazing organizations do incredible work in the USA and abroad for newborns and children. Donations don’t have to be huge and many homes will be happy to empty some spare change into your donation box knowing it’s going towards a great cause.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner – is your local food bank well stocked? Whether you polish off your Thanksgiving meal with pumpkin pie or pecan pie, every family deserves the opportunity to celebrate this national holiday with family, friends and plenty to eat. If you’re interested in collecting canned goods and other non-perishables for underprivileged families, contact the local food bank about setting up a food drive. Then get together with people from your local school, faith-based organizations or just friends and family to collect foods for families in need.
What wonderful ways are you, your organization and your volunteers getting involved in giving back this fall seasons? We’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to share thoughts and ideas with us. Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to share your comments!