I want to highlight a few volunteer opportunities that you can find through Volunteermatch.org. Every opportunity you can imagine. I can’t believe how amazing that site is. Some of the things volunteers are needed for—your heart will explode just reading about them—now imagine doing them. Now make a pledge:).
I'm highlighting a few of the more lighthearted ones below, but some are very serious and need you to do good. Here are a few examples of some real options (my titles added):
Bingo and dogs that like being petted
Many of our Ebenezer Care Center residents love dogs so we are looking for volunteers who have a calm dog who likes lots of petting to come visit our residents. Ebenezer helps older adults and others make their lives more independent, healthful, meaningful and secure. Also seeking bingo companions.
Did you know there is a Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society? No, you did not.
There are over 1000 homeless rabbits in the Twin Cities every year. Each of these rabbits needs a place to stay until a permanent home can be found. Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society works with shelters to take 'overflow' and special needs rabbits that are not doing well in shelters. Often, all these rabbits need is a less stressful environment, some one-on-one attention, or even just a little more time.
They also have rabbit educational opportunities AND they are also looking for a volunteer president and CEO of the rabbit society.
That is literally the only chance I will ever, ever have at being CEO of anything. Ever. I picture myself in suit with a big red tie and rabbits in all my pockets.
Piano Player-Eagan: Living Well Disability Services
If you have been taking lessons and want to experience a gracious audience, then this is the opportunity you are looking for. A residence in Eagan that is home to young adults with developmental disabilities is looking for someone to come in and tickle the ivories for them. We provide the piano, you provide the experience of music! Whether it be chopsticks or Chopin, this is one opportunity where they will be clapping for more.
At Rakhma Homes you can volunteer to read short stories to a resident or a small group of residents. You may choose uplifting, historical, poetry or funny stories.
Today I sent a note to volunteer for two things: wrapping up books donated to a women’s prison and picking up food shelf donations from grocery stores (because I have a truck!) and delivering them to a food shelf. I hope I don’t hurt my back.