It's not as difficult as you might think to get involved, have fun, and do your part to support planet-friendly, green initiatives.
If you have:
1 hour: You could clean up a local park.
5 hours: You could help plant a tree.
5 days: You could organize a recycling drive.
1 month: You could volunteer at a nature camp.
1 year: You could adopt an endangered animal.
Great Tips to Successfully Volunteer
- Find your passion!
Figure out what causes or organizations you feel strongly about to start your volunteering journey. There are many environmental causes from recycling, to energy, to animals. Consider a beach clean-up or a tree planting with organizations like Heal the Bay and National Arbor Day.
- Think about your strengths.
Consider what skills you have and how you can offer them to help the environment. If you already enjoy a hobby where you use particular skills, expand those skills into a volunteering opportunity. If you're athletically inclined, consider volunteering at a state park to lead nature hikes. California has many state parks listed by city and county.
- Expand your skills and knowledge.
Research environmental volunteer opportunities that provide you the opportunity to learn new skills and experience new situations. If you've always wanted to work outdoors, consider volunteering time to help rebuild a forest.
- Match up your goals.
Pick an environmental organization or volunteering activity that helps you accomplish goals you have set in your own life, such as saving animals. If you're interesting in teaching, consider volunteering time with educational programs at a local zoo or aquarium.
Consider volunteering as a family or group of friends – make it a team effort! Spending time together for an environmental cause to make a difference really brings groups closer together and teaches valuable life lessons. Family Volunteer Day is a great place to start in on the fun!
10 Great Reasons to Volunteer
- To help others
- To make a difference
- To connect with your community
- To develop new skills
- To meet new people
- To expand your horizons
- To contribute to a cause you care about
- To impress yourself
- To strengthen your existing skills
- To feel good about the contribution you are making and yourself