Got Time? Volunteer!

13 Mar

Summer break. You know, something I don’t always find myself thinking about is how fortunate I am to actually have a summer “break.” Many people (primarily adults) don’t have a vacation like we do. Some people choose to use this time to relax, de-stress and have a good time before getting back in to school. Others choose to use this time to their advantage and take summer school, participate in an internship or take up a summer job. However you decide to use your summer break, it is important to remember how fortunate it is to have this free time. Use this time, or at least some of it, to give back to your community. This blog will cover different ways and different locations to volunteer.

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Pima County Library

The library is a place built for discovery. They support reading and literary skills, traditional and non-traditional education, and lifelong learning. Pima County guarantees free access to all library resources, and as a volunteer, YOU would be a much-needed resource. Being a Volunteer for the Pima County Library (or any library) would mean being a resource to assist with job help, computer help, tutoring, and special programs.

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Community Food Banks of Southern Arizona

The Food Banks of Southern Arizona are dependent upon their volunteers to bring food to the less fortunate of Southern Arizona. Many individuals volunteer on a regular basis, but the opportunity to work short-term or in a group is also available. There are sites in Tucson, Marana, Nogales, Amado, Green Valley/Sahuarita, and Graham, Greenlee and Cochise Counties, so if you find yourself in Southern Arizona for the summer, there is somewhere close by! Jobs include  packing food, working in the gardens, helping with farmers markets, and office work.

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University of Arizona Medical Center

UAMC volunteers help to contribute compassionate care to its patients and residents. The goal of UAMC is to provide meaningful, worthwhile, purpose-driven volunteer opportunities.  That being said, each opportunity is a professional endeavor and should be done to reflect the professionalism set forth from its staff. With two locations, University Campus and South Campus, volunteering with UAMC may be an easier commute than going to school!

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Arizona Greyhound Rescue

Greyhounds, just like horses, are used in racing events and when their career is over they are often left without a home or owner. That’s where The Arizona Greyhound Rescue team comes in! Arizona Greyhound Rescue is a non-profit, all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) corporation committed to the belief that every greyhound deserves a loving, permanent and responsible home. This team is completely dependent upon its volunteers and the opportunities to help are endless! You can become an Adoption Team Member, Table at Petsmart and Petco, write grants, outreach, and mentor.

Check out Volunteer Match for more insight about where and how to volunteer. This site pairs you up with opportunities in your area based on your interests!

This is just a small list of the literally hundreds of volunteering opportunities out there! If you are looking for a way to give back to your community AND find something to bulk up your resume. No better way than to volunteer!

–Andy

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