Hurricane Harvey made landfall days ago, but continues to soak Texas and the Gulf Coast. The images are unimaginable and the damage is catastrophic for hundreds of thousands of people. As we watch the recovery and aid efforts from our homes, many of us are moved to help the affected people in some way. If you’re feeling that same pull, here are six ways you can volunteer to help make a difference now and in the coming months.
According to recent numbers, there are about 55 million students enrolled in K-12 public and private schools across the U.S. With only about 131,000 schools and 3.5 million teachers, it’s easy to see why educational resources are stretched so thin. While parents have always filled a few gaps for teachers and administrations, it seems today, parent volunteerism is becoming a necessity.
If you've ever been a volunteer, you may know how easy it is to become truly involved with the organization you are supporting to the point of becoming an integral part of the team. Helen Yarmoska, aged 54 and retired, has been dubbed “assistant farmer” by some of the guests and fellow Farm for All volunteers at Loaves and Fishes Minnesota, a nonprofit meal program serving hot meals to those in need throughout seven counties in the state. Helen is one of the many essential recruits who help keep the farm/garden sites going.
Out in Eagan, Minn., a suburb of the Twin Cities, resides a free meal program serving those in need in an atmosphere of hospitality. It's just one of 28 dining sites (36 in the summer, supporting out-of-school children) run by Loaves and Fishes, a non profit providing nutritious meals to people who are hungry across the state.
College will involve a lot of changes for you and your parents: new schedules, financial issues, taking care of your health, no curfews, etc. Believe it or not, your parents have experienced a few of these things and actually do have some amazing college advice. Have a conversation with them before you head to school!
Baby Boomers are considered the second largest generation in the American population, accounting for almost 77 million people born between 1946 and 1964, according to the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau. Spanning a wide variety of ages, Baby Boomers have reached levels of education and experience that could prove to be a huge benefit to a number of fields. Imagine the resources they could provide to any number of people if they decided to gift their time and energy while sharing their wealth of knowledge.
Whether you live on the East or West coast or somewhere in between, Mother Nature can hit hard during seasonal shifts. While severe weather is often expected during the spring and coming summer seasons, it’s important to be aware of the risks in your area. It’s also important to raise disaster awareness. While you may not personally be affected when these storms or droughts hit, others in your community may not be so fortunate. How can you help when a crisis occurs?
The Forest Park Conservancy is the only non-profit organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the unparalleled urban forest nestled at the footsteps of the bustling city of Portland. One of the largest urban parks in the U.S., its 80-miles of hiking trails are set within an incredible 5,200 acres of land. Recently, the nonprofit received a $6500 NobleCause grant to foster volunteerism. FPC plans to use the funds to make big changes at the community level, engaging staff, volunteers, and visitors, to help protect the critical ecosystem of the Park.