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You + family or friends = one powerful volunteer approach

Many of us want to make a bigger difference through volunteering, but we just don’t have the time, the resources, or even know where to start. If you’re looking for a few ways to step up your volunteer game without making a big impact on your daily life, your friends, neighbors and family members might be able to help. Here are a few ideas for organizing group volunteer efforts that are as fun as they are rewarding.

Let’s party!
Some volunteers find that it’s easier motivate a group to do great work when you start by getting them together for a little fun. Now is a great time to host a fall harvest festival potluck with your neighbors. Everyone can bring his or her favorite dish or beverage to share. You can all catch up on each other’s lives. And you can strike up a conversation about what’s needed in and around the community, and plan another social event where this time, you’ll iron out your volunteer plan

Crowdsource that neighborhood project.
Crowdsourcing, or pooling financial or physical resources from multiple individuals, can make light work of seemingly large tasks. Is there a house on your street that needs painting, but you know the owner doesn’t have the resources or the time? You could decide at your next neighborhood social event to tackle the job, each taking one small part. Document your story and share it here, or contact your local newspaper to do a write-up, where you mention ideas for future events, and inspire your whole community to create the good.

Lean on the family.
Is a member of your family already involved in a volunteer opportunity that interests you? Or do you have ideas for a project that might inspire your parents, children or siblings? Volunteering as a family is one way to multiply your efforts and simplify logistics as you share meals and transportation obligations. Organize a group visit to a local senior care facility, or plan a mini volunteer mission to correspond with an upcoming family reunion. Just use our search engine to find local volunteer opportunities wherever you’re holding your family event, check out these DIY Guides, or spark your imagination on our Get Inspired page.

Bring the whole office.
Imagine if everyone at your office chipped in to make a difference on a small weekend community project. With the approval of your superiors to create a flyer or send out an invitation email, you can inspire a wave of change. If you live near a coastline, the Ocean Conservancy can help you and your colleagues “turn the tide” on trash and fight for a healthy ocean. With Habitat for Humanity, a group of any size can help make a difference by building or repairing a home for family in need. For a smaller project with minimal planning, organize a clothing/household goods drive and coordinate with the Salvation Army for pickup, or consider a holiday food drive to benefit your local food bank.

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