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Find a Need and Fill It: The Power of Volunteering

Posted on: April 23rd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

It’s National Volunteer Week! We are proud to be part of our community and see the need for great volunteers around us every day. LA Medical wants to “volunteer” some ideas on how and where you can volunteer your time to help others.

Volunteering can be as easy as helping an older or disabled person paint their house.

Volunteering can be as easy as helping an older or disabled person paint their house.

1. Meals on Wheels. Check with your local Area on Aging Agency. You’ll be delivering food and a friendly face to someone who may not have another visitor that day.

2. If you like books, ask your local library for volunteer opportunities. From putting away books to reading to children, they have a spot for you.

3. Soup kitchens and food pantries are always in need of drivers to pick up donated food, organize shelves, pack food boxes and serve meals. Click here to find one in your area.

4. Your church or synagogue will always welcome free help. Ask about teaching a class, helping in the nursery, working in the kitchen for funerals and special events, or with mailings in the office.

5. Do you like animals? Talk to one of our local animal shelter. They always have dogs to walk and cats to play with. Consider fostering an animal. Think bigger and consider volunteering with a local therapeutic horse riding stable that provides services for people with disabilities or go wild and volunteer with wildlife rescue group.

6. Senior Citizen Centers and Nursing Homes are great places to volunteer. Play games, read a book or newspapers to residents, sing or play the piano.

LA Medical offers this list to get you thinking, but the possibilities are endless. We enjoy being part of this community and see people and groups with needs every day. Tell us where and how you volunteer in the community and share with us how volunteering has changed your life.

Thank you for the work you do!

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