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1. Help those who serve.
Military personnel, veterans, and their families make great sacrifices for their country. You can recognize their service in a number of ways, such as: donating airline miles to bring military families together, or sending a letter or a care package.
 
2. Clean up the neighborhood.

Register for a clean up day — in your community at a park, beach, playground, or hiking trail. Pick up trash, plant flowers, clear debris. Or organize your own clean-up event. You and your neighbors can then enjoy and take pride in your beautiful public spaces!

3. Engage in “skills-based volunteering.”
Nonprofits need all sorts of professional help — accounting, marketing, graphic design, event planning. If you have a skill, try to match up with a local nonprofit. Two great sites to get you started are: HandsOn Network and Sparked.  

4. Collect supplies for charity.
Contact your local shelter, school, or other organization to find out if they could use: food, diapers, backpacks, blankets, toys, toothbrushes, warm coats, etc. Then collect the needed supplies from friends, coworkers, or neighbors, and deliver the goods to the organization.
 
5. Plan a “volunteer vacation.”
That’s right! You can get away from the everyday grind, meet new people, and help make the world a better place. Start with the Sierra Club and American Hiking Society, or search online for volunteer vacations that can be narrowed down by interests, geography, singles vs. family-friendly, etc. 
 
6. Finish that spring cleaning.

Clean your house and (finally!) take all of those unwanted clothes and house wares to a thrift store, such as Goodwill.
 
7. Help your kids with a lemonade stand.
If the weather is warm, set up a lemonade stand with your kids, then donate the profits to a local charity.
 
8. Register to bike, run, or walk for charity.
What cause are you most passionate about? Finding a cure? Caring for animals? Decide what matters most and then register for a local event to raise money for your charity of choice. If you can’t decide, Team SeriousFun supports a great cause — sending seriously ill children to camp.
 
9. Give blood.
In just one hour, you could save someone’s life. Make an appointment to give blood at a Red Cross blood drive in your community or volunteer to help at a blood drive.
 
10. Look for the opportunities.
Whether you want to help for one day or once a week throughout the year, VolunteerMatch is a great resource where you can search for opportunities by location and by interest. They even have a search page just for National Volunteer Week.
 
Stay inspired all year long. Newman’s Own Foundation posts great ideas, news, and commentary from the world of giving. Join the conversation on Facebook today!
 
 

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