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July 18, 2013

25 Ways to Volunteer This Summer

by PBUnitedWay

Having trouble thinking of a way to keep your kids busy this summer? Instead of sitting on the couch watching Looney Tunes, use the free time to bond with your kids — and change the world while doing it!

 Volunteering is a great way to bond as a family and make lasting change in your community. The Town of Palm Beach United Way came up with a list of 25 ways your family can volunteer together this summer (and anytime of the year).

Ideas on how to volunteer as a family

  1. Decorate a shoebox and fill it with school supples (Boxed For Success School Supply Drive)
  2. Collect used books and donate them to a local library or shelter
  3. Teach a group of local kids how to play a sport
  4. Volunteer at a day-care center or nursing home
  5. Volunteer to walk dogs or socialize cats for a local animal shelter
  6. Collect art supplies for kids in shelters or hospitals
  7. Volunteer at the zoo
  8. Do a thorough “spring cleaning” and donate gently-used clothing, household items, and more to an agency in need
  9. Take a homebound or elderly friend on a fixed income to lunch or dinner
  10. Organize a clothing drive and donate to a homeless shelter
  11. Sort canned goods at a food pantry
  12. Collect personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products) and donate to a local women’s shelter
  13. Pick up trash in a park near your house
  14. Mow the lawn, rake leaves, or weed a garden for an elderly or disabled person in your neighborhood
  15. Provide foster care for new kittens or puppies until they find a permanent home
  16. Have a garage/yard sale and donate the proceeds
  17. Do maintenance work for a local school, shelter or place of worship
  18. Create some artwork to bring to a hospital or shelter
  19. Have a bake sale or lemonade stand and donate the money you earn
  20. Organize a car-washing or yard-cleaning day in your neighborhood
  21. Put on a play or puppet show for your neighborhood or a nursing home
  22. Visit a nursing home and play games with some of the residents
  23. Make cards to send to a nursing home, veteran’s hospital or children’s hospital
  24. Have a food drive scavenger hunt – go around your neighborhood looking for specific items like canned baked beans, macaroni and cheese, tuna or peaches.
  25. Plant flowers in your neighborhood park

 Don’t forget to wrap up your family volunteer experience by discussing what everyone liked, learned, and disliked to make you next project an even bigger success!

Please call the Town of Palm Beach United Way at 561.655.1919 to learn about volunteer opportunities available in our area.

 Since 1945, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has invested more than $60 million into Palm Beach County because of generous donors like you. Although some of the needs since 1945 have changed, the Town of Palm Beach United Way is still helping people who struggle with hunger, homelessness, job loss, abuse, mental illness, and more.  To find out more about the Town of Palm Beach United Way visit www.palmbeachunitedway.org.   On behalf of the community that we serve, THANK YOU for the difference you make. 

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