Heaven on earth is . . .
volunteering as a team or on your own.
We’ve assembled a list of ideas to make volunteering easy. Introverted? Have small kids? Schedule too crazy to commit? Homebound? There’s a host of projects YOU can do, no matter your life circumstance. Do good . . . and feel good, knowing you have contributed to a cause bigger than yourself.
Let’s start off with summer volunteer ideas for families. Scroll down if you are looking for year-round service ideas for adults.
Summer Volunteer Ideas for Families
Write cards to kids who are hospitalized; send them to the nearest children’s hospital.
Host a lemonade stand and give the proceeds to a favorite charity.
Sing songs or play an instrument for people at a local nursing home or a shelter. Have mom and dad arrange a time.
Do good works around the house or devote part of your allowance to micro-loans or to a favorite nonprofit.
Organize a beach, waterway, or park cleanup with a group of family or friends. Host a picnic afterwards as a treat.
Have older kids tutor or read to other kids. Keep their academic skills sharp over the break by lending help to others.
Plant a tree. It does wonders for the environment — and for beautifying a neighborhood.
Host a book or magazine drive. Hospitals, waiting rooms, shelters, and libraries appreciate gently used books.
Clean your closets and toy chests. Call a shelter, school or house of worship to see if they need the items. Or donate them to a charity thrift shop.
Collect used mobile phones from friends and neighbors to donate to Cell Phones for Soldiers.
Offer to do yard or house work for a neighbor who might need a little extra help.
Participate in or create a campaign to improve your community or further a cause at DoSomething.org.
Write a letter to your senator about upcoming legislation or a need in your community.
Test your vocabulary skills on freerice.com. For every right answer, the organization donates 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme.
Inspired by cooking shows on TV? Hold a bake sale and donate the proceeds to a local nonprofit.
Social media savvy teens, offer your know-how to a charity. Nonprofits often need the help.
Volunteer to coach or referee at the Boys and Girls Club.
Thank our deployed military by writing letters, sending care packages, and more through Operation Gratitude
Lend your eyes to solve tasks for blind and low vision people. Visit Be My Eyes.
Identify New York Wildlife, map our galaxy, or assist researchers in many other ways with Zooniverse.
Sew emotional support blankets for Binky Patrol.
Transcribe historical documents for the Smithsonian.
Answer texts from people in crisis using active listening and collaborative problem solving with Crisis Text Line.
Create care packages (cookies, homemade casseroles, etc.) and thank-you cards for community helpers. Deliver them to local firefighters, police, mail carriers, groundskeepers, paramedics, and school personnel.
Make no-sew dog toys for animals in shelters. Deliver them to your local SPCA.
Set up a Blessing Box outside your home — with a sign that reads, “Take a blessing when you need one. Leave a blessing when you can.”
Volunteer as a family to help at a Ronald McDonald House in your area.
Make warm scarves to donate. Collect clothing, blankets, toys, disposable diapers, and personal care items to give to homeless shelters in your area.
Proofread ebooks for Project Gutenberg.
Track bird populations with eBird.
Crochet or knit afghan squares that will help build blankets for both babies and adults. Send them to Warm Up America.
Send a card, letter or note once a week to someone undergoing chemotherapy. Apply at Chemo Angels.
Provide learning and encouragement to children around the world via Skype and the Granny Cloud website.
Discover how you can certify your dog as a therapy dog to volunteer in hospitals and schools.
Volunteer to Translate with Translators without Borders.
Contact us to get involved in our ongoing projects. We welcome your church groups, school clubs, scout troops, or group of friends to become angel volunteers. Feel free to share an idea of yours you want help implementing.
Here are some of our favorite volunteer projects you can easily do with your family in your own home or neighborhood.