Fun 202: Volunteering Ideas

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Do the right thing as a responsible volunteer

Only take from the cause if you have permission

Don’t justify exploiting others’ generosity through how you’re helping others

Stay mindful of the organization you support

Many not-for-profits have CEOs who take vast sums of money from the organization

Look at the percentage of how much money arrives at the declared recipients of the aid

Take any of the following groups of people…

Families

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

Disabled and elderly

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

Organizations

  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Non-profit organizations

People you know

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

The volunteers themselves

…and serve their needs

Kids

  • Camp counselor
  • Babysitting or childcare

Art

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

Be a friend or mentor

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

Create a service

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

Events

  • 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 and fundraising

  • Birthday and holiday cards
  • Donate books
  • Car wash
  • Defer your birthday presents to a 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 deliveries

Teach

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

Try fun ways to inspire others to donate

Vote for pop culture or gender by donations

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

Penny War – break people into teams, 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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