If you can squeeze out a little extra time this year, doing some volunteer work can be an extremely rewarding experience. There are all kinds of opportunities to give back to your community through volunteer work and you can learn valuable skills that you can use for other things in your life like trying to find a new job. You can help people who need it the most, and also walk away with some great personal benefits like new friendships and useful connections, not to mention the simple pride of doing something good. If you are considering donating your time to volunteering, you may want to check out some of these options.
Animal shelters are almost always in desperate need of volunteer worker. These organizations generally help hundreds or thousands of homeless animals on a minimal budget. They only pay for the bare minimum of labor to keep the shelter running and depend on volunteer employees for everything else that needs to get done. There are few more rewarding things than giving your time over to help animals that have no way of helping themselves. The time you devote to an animal shelter may actually save lives. This is not a good fit for anyone who is squeamish or afraid of getting their hands dirty, but it is a highly rewarding experience that can make a big difference in a lot of lives.
Army Cadet Force
Volunteering at the Army Cadet Force is one of the best ways you can give back to your community. This organization trains teenagers in how to be contributing active members of their community by allowing them to engage in a variety of activities. At the Wiltshire ACF some of the activities that the teenagers participate in have a military theme and help teach them structure and responsibility while others have a community or outdoor skills focus to teach them other great life lessons. The Army Cadet Force is always looking for adult volunteers to work as instructors for the youth the program serves. The youth in your community is its future, and if you want to play a part in bettering that future, then volunteering as an instructor at the Army Cadet Force is a great choice.
Food pantries serve people from many walks of life and are usually in need of volunteers. They play a key role in making sure that every family in your community is able to put food on their plates, and helping with that goal is a noble choice. If you have good people skills and are able to make the pantry's user feel welcome, then you could be a valuable asset to your local food pantry. Help someone in need, and maybe meet some great people that you wouldn't have otherwise come across in your day to day life.