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Spirit: Volunteer Resources for Connecting to Community

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Help this kitty! Photo by Galawebdesign under CC

As I mentioned in the spirit section of the site, spirit is an all-encompassing element. It’s the proverbial web that connects us all. It’s karma. It’s the Butterfly Effect. Everything affects something else. Ideally, good returns good, bad returns bad. As such, connecting to community and helping others is a powerful tool for elevating us all. Below I’ve compiled some resources for volunteer work to get you started:

Idealist.org: This site has risen to be the digital powerhouse for all that is doing good. Here you can even find jobs and internships working for non-profits that are out to change the world for the better. It also has a very complete site for finding volunteer work. I think the hardest part of starting to volunteer is deciding what the heck to give a crap about. Sometimes it seems like there’s as many problems as there are people, and it’s easy to shut down and say, “Well, what can I do?” This section here helps you decide what type of work you can do with your time, skills and interests. I also like that it has resources on DIY volunteering (starting your own mission and program). It’s easy to get stuck in the rut of thinking that if a cause doesn’t already have a massive organization behind it, it’s hopeless. That’s not true, and Idealist.org is an excellent resource for you to “be the change.”

Volunteers of America: This organization focuses on helping the less fortunate. It covers aging issues, community support, disaster relief, education and homelessness, just to name a few programs. If it has to do with people, this organization probably has a hand in it. If you’re a people person and want to focus on community issues, this place is for you.

Your local humane society: I cannot stress this enough: your local humane society needs your help. The animals need homes. If you would like a pet, consider adoption. If you’re not in the market for a pet, they would love your time. As time has permitted throughout the years, I’ve done everything from cleaning cages to tidying stock rooms to walking dogs to cuddling cats (very therapeutic after our last two cats died). If you love animals, you can’t steer wrong to give the humane society an hour per week at least. There’s also a whole world for animal volunteering, and your humane society can probably steer you in that direction if that’s where your interests lie, including starting a rescue or even fostering sick animals.

The Nature Conservancy: If you’ve stuck around on this site, you probably recognize the value of the planet. The Nature Conservancy has great resources on green living, volunteering for conservation and donations.

Support your favorite organizations: Have a favorite organization or just a cause you vaguely believe in? Find a related local organization and inquire about opportunities. If you love books, your local library probably needs help. Hospitals tend to be on the prowl for volunteers. Your local zoo may need some volunteers. Get creative, and all you need to do is ask.

Have I missed anything? Do you have a pet cause, shameless plug or awesome resource? Feel free to share below!