In recognition of International Volunteer Day, California Volunteers, Office of the Governor invites Californians to take action and make a positive impact on their communities by volunteering. The official observance was on Monday, Dec. 5 but volunteers are needed every day.
“Volunteering makes our communities stronger, helps connect us, provides a sense of belonging and improves life,” said California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday. “By helping others, we better their quality of life and ours, too. It’s a win-win.”
Anyone can make a positive difference by donating their time, talents or skills. Whether they have an hour to give or a year to dedicate, there are thousands of opportunities to volunteer locally.
As a part of the #CaliforniansForAll service initiative, Californians can sign up to volunteer for thousands of opportunities throughout the state. Volunteers can filter through options that match their passions and fit their schedule. Visit CaliforniansForAll.ca.gov to sign up and find volunteer opportunities.
International Volunteer Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985 and provides an opportunity to recognize and encourage volunteers.
The following are just some of the ways to make a difference as a volunteer.
Volunteer at a Food Bank: Food banks face unprecedented demand and need volunteers to continue to serve those who are food insecure. Sign up for a shift at a local food bank.
Donate Food: Food banks keep many Californians from going hungry – but they can’t do it alone. Consider donating unused boxed or canned food items to a local food bank.
Help a Neighbor: The holidays can be difficult for those who may be alone. Check in with friends, loved ones and neighbors to spread some holiday cheer.
Offer to Pick Up Items: Offer to pick up groceries or medications for older neighbors who may have trouble getting out.
Donate Blood: Blood donations are always needed. A donation only takes a few minutes – but its impact lasts because a single blood donation can save a person’s life.
Take Climate Action: Help protect the planet by taking climate action locally — whether it’s planting a tree, helping with edible food recovery or wildfire resiliency. No action is too small.
Join a Cleanup Effort: Everyone can work together to keep California’s roadways, parks and tribal lands clean. Join a clean-up effort to make an impact.
Mentor/Tutor Students: Make a difference in a student’s life by becoming a tutor or mentor. Sharing and giving back are the best gifts.
Serve at an Animal Shelter: Animal shelters need volunteers to help homeless pets in need of love and treats. Volunteers can improve the lives of homeless animals.
Find an opportunity to volunteer by signing up at CaliforniansForAll.ca.gov.