Fun 202: Volunteering Ideas

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As a volunteer, you are responsible to do the right thing

Don’t take from the cause you’re supporting unless you’re permitted to

Don’t take advantage of the helping you’re doing as a justification to exploit others’ generosity

Take any of the following groups of people…


  • Children
  • Foreigners
  • Military and military spouses
  • New parents

Disabled and elderly

  • Abandoned pets
  • Blind people
  • Nursing home tenants
  • Poverty-stricken
  • Shut-ins/homebound
  • Sick and infirm


  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Non-profit organizations

People around you

  • Family members
  • Friends and family of friends
  • Neighbors
  • The local community

The volunteers themselves

…and combine them with whatever of the following things can apply


  • Camp counselor
  • Babysitting/childcare


  • Creating
  • Fundraising
  • Inspiring others to do art
  • Knit, crochet or quilt
  • Make decorations and drawings
  • Photography
  • Web design

Be a friend/mentor

  • Care packages
  • Smile at everyone you cross paths with
  • Visit people who can’t get around

Create a service

  • Public service hotline
  • Volunteer recognition program
  • Volunteer referral service


  • After-school sports programs
  • Charity events
  • Charity races
  • Celebrations for holidays or birthdays
  • Concert
  • Design games and fun things for others
  • Hold a performance
  • Holiday events like caroling and Christmas tree decoration
  • Public service event

Giving things and fundraising

  • Birthday and holiday cards
  • Donate books
  • Car wash
  • Defer your birthday presents to a specific cause
  • Flowers
  • Food drive
  • Pay for someone else in a drive-through
  • Random presents
  • Supplies and clothes
  • Write letters

Doing undesirable work

  • Chores
  • Cleaning up messes
  • Fixing things
  • Office work
  • Recycling
  • Running errands and delivering things


  • Give public service announcements
  • Job training
  • Read for others
  • Tutoring

Try fun ways to get people to donate to a cause

Vote for pop culture or gender based on donations

  • Who would you rather have narrate your life?
  • Which gender donates more?
  • Which pop culture star is more annoying?

Penny War – a game with teams, where pennies in a jar give positive points and all other currency gives negative points

The Dropped Box – donate an item left behind by your ex

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