Help yourself and others: where, how and why you should volunteer

Five places to volunteer right now and feel really good!

It doesn’t take a great deal of effort to make a difference…  but volunteering makes a BIG difference in so many ways. And there are many ways to volunteer whether you want to protect and help restore open space at outdoor planting events, connect with those in need by serving a nourishing meal, help build lives by building a house for a family or ring a bell and fill up a red kettle, raising money to provide comfort and support all year long.

According to a recent survey, 21.5% of residents in Visalia (including Porterville) volunteer their time in some way. But no matter where you live, there are organizations that need volunteers to help. It’s a great way to connect you to your community and feel an enormous sense of satisfaction. To all our Sequoia Riverlands Trust volunteers, we say, thank you! And for those looking to start volunteering, here are some ideas and organizations where you can get started.

1. Habitat for Humanity of Tulare County

Build lives by building homes for low-income families or get involved in their home repair program. Not handy? Be an office volunteer or help connect with families.

http://www.hfhtc.org/

2. Sequoia Riverlands Trust

Help protect, conserve and restore working landscapes in beautiful outdoor settings. Check out the planting days scheduled where volunteers “dig in” with native plants at Nature Preserves and see the landscape change before their eyes.

http://www.sequoiariverlands.org/

3. Salvation Army

Ring that bell! Be a bell ringer at local businesses and as the Army says, “do the most good” for those in need. Or help prepare food boxes or assist in programs working in disaster relief or emergency services.

http://www1.usw.salvationarmy.org/usw/www_usw_goldenstate20.nsf/vw-dynamic-index/4D960D54804DFA5E882577FC00771700?Opendocument

4. Valley Oak SPCA

Get involved in helping some furry friends. Foster life long relationships between people and animals by working with mobile pet adoptions or humane education.

http://www.vospca.org/

5. Visalia Rescue Mission

Help with this organization’s outreach that includes serving 3 meals a day 365 days a year. Serve your community by becoming a mentor and share your experience or expertise with someone who would be grateful.

http://www.visaliarescue.org/

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