Between 2016 and 2018, the number of volunteers in the U.S. increased by almost 15 million people. Volunteering makes you feel good about yourself. It’s an easy way to socialize. More importantly, your time and energy help someone else.
Rather than sit home for another weekend trying to decide what to do. Grab your parents and volunteer your time. Here are seven ways to volunteer with your mom and dad.
#1 – Help out at a local animal rescue shelter. Not only are people needed to help feed and clean pet housing, but they’re also needed to walk and play with animals. As pets are known to reduce stress and lower blood pressure, your parents gain benefits by helping with animals, too.
#2 – Find out if your community has a park that needs volunteers to greet and assist visitors. Dog park volunteers are there to clean up trash, make sure water bowls are filled, and share the park’s guidelines with visitors. Nature parks need people to explain rules, clean up trash, and replace bathroom supplies and trash bags when needed.
#3 – Head to the local library and see if they need volunteers to answer phones, put away returned books, or make sure the shelves are in alphabetical order.
#4 – Join AARP and become a fraud-fighting volunteer. The non-profit organization needs people who are willing to teach others how to identify and avoid scams.
#5 – Check with your local hospital about being a volunteer in the neonatal ward. Many hospitals need volunteers who are willing to hold and rock infants while providing stimulation that helps them thrive. It’s not the easiest volunteering position to find as many want to take on this role, but if you can, it’s an important one.
#6 – Knit hats and socks for children who are in the hospital. You can do this work from your own home and deliver boxes of hats and socks to area hospitals that need them.
#7 – Help clean up area rivers. These volunteering opportunities usually take place in the summer. You put on wading boots and walk-in or alongside a river picking up trash and recyclables.
When you’re not with your parents, are they alone? Do they call you asking for help or just to talk? Do you feel torn between helping them, your job, and your friends or family? It’s a good time to address the benefits of senior care services.
If your parents need your help more often than in the past, senior care is a great idea. They’ll have the help they need with daily chores. You get to take care of your responsibilities knowing they have senior
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