Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer and the beginning of sweaters, pumpkin patches, and caramel apples. With the weather cooling down, many want to spend their free time curled up at home. However, there are plenty of ways to help your community this time of year. Autumn’s beautiful weather and fun holidays make it easy to find volunteering opportunities in your area. We’ve come up with a few ideas to get you started.
Organize a neighborhood park clean-up.
Before the leaves begin to fall, round up your neighbors for a pick-up of your local park. It’s important to clear the area of garbage before it gets covered in leaves, and eventually snow. Otherwise, come spring time, you’ll be left with a soggy mess once the snow and ice melt. Pick a nice day, grab some bags and gloves, and you’ll have your park looking better in no time.
Rake leaves for someone in need.
Do you have a neighbor or loved one who could use an extra hand? Maybe they’re a senior citizen or they have young children. Consider offering to rake their leaves for them. Not only will you be doing someone a favor, but you’ll also be spending time in the crisp weather. Raking is also a good form of exercise, which is an added bonus to your good deed!
Make blankets for a homeless shelter.
The weather is cooling down, so people will be looking for ways to keep warm. You can help residents of homeless shelters do so by making and donating blankets. Fleece tie blankets are super simple to make; you can find tutorials with just a quick internet search. Consider hosting a blanket-making party with your friends and family. It’s a great way to bond with your loved ones and do something good for others.
Take underprivileged kids trick-or-treating.
Many children’s homes seek volunteers each year to take children trick-or-treating. They often support many kids, so it’s difficult to take them all out at one time. You could be of great help to them by making sure the kids have a safe and fun Halloween evening. Plus, it’s always fun to see Halloween through the eyes of a child.
Set up a drive for your local food bank.
Every year, there are families who can’t afford Thanksgiving dinner. You can help them by organizing a food drive with your school, faith-based organization or family and friends. By collecting and donating canned goods and non-perishables, you’ll assist your local food pantry providing families with the holiday meal they deserve. You can even volunteer to help serve it!
The fall is a great time to volunteer and do some good in your community. You can do it solo or with a group. At the end of the day, you’ll feel better knowing you gave back. Then you can relax with a cup of cider and a slice of pie.