Spend Some of Your Summer Vacation Helping Others

“How wonderful it is that no one need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” — Anne Frank

During your life, there may be times when you can’t have something you want or do something you want to do — or you may even feel a little left out sometimes. But when you stop to think about it, you probably have a lot to be grateful for. If you have a place to live, enough food to eat and people who care about you, you’re luckier than many others. So, why not spend some time during your time off this summer to help make life a little better for those in need?Two girls picking up trash

Lending a hand and giving back to your community is a great way to help make the world a better place. Did you know that when you volunteer your time and energy toward something you care about, you will actually feel better yourself? Plus, you’ll get to meet new people, go to places you haven’t been before and learn some pretty interesting things.

Are you interested in animals or the environment? Do you want to help people? Think about what you might be good at — or have fun doing — and then volunteer! Here are some ideas:

  • Donate gently used clothes or toys to a homeless shelter
  • Tutor other kids
  • Join in a local cleanup day
  • Help out at an animal shelter
  • Visit the residents of a senior center
  • Pass out water at a 5K run
  • Make cookies or brownies for a neighbor or sick relative


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