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…

  • Families
    • 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
  • Organizations
    • 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

  • Kids
    • Camp counselor
    • Babysitting/childcare
  • Art
    • 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
  • 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 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
  • Teach
    • 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?
  • 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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