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Spring service opportunities

Spring has sprung, making it the perfect time to prepare your community for planting and growing season, and to keep the amount of extra “stuff” from growing in your attic or basement. Here are a few simple ways to make a difference as the weather heats up, right in your community, neighborhood or home.

Go Green.
A great way to give back, and get into the spring spirit, is to help plan, plant or maintain a community garden. Many local schools and places of worship offer opportunities to lend a hand. Learn how school gardens benefit the educational development of local youth. And visit the American Community Garden Association for more resources and to find a community garden in your area.

Tidy the library, and the pantry.
Spring cleaning is a year-round obligation for libraries. As books and other media need replacement, and new media arrives or becomes obsolete, volunteers can help lighten the load. Contact your local library to learn how you can help. And in a similar fashion, your local food pantry can always use your help with staffing, planning and inventory maintenance. Find a food bank here, and learn how you can volunteer.

Pick up what Mother Nature leaves off.
Rain runoff, melting snow and windy days can leave a mess of debris in their wake. Particularly along public roads, local playgrounds, rivers and parks. Pick a day to gather family and friends and clean up a river or stream in your area. Search for cleanup events already scheduled in your area and join the team. Or follow these simple steps to organize a neighborhood event that helps make your street look tidy and clean. Want to make a difference that affects your whole state? Find the closest state park and learn about seasonal cleanup opportunities here.

Find a new home for all that’s old.
You can also make a big, spring cleaning difference in your community when you start in your own home. Go room to room, looking for items you seldom use, and gather them to donate to the charity of your choice. Or hold a yard sale, or neighborhood rummage sale and use the proceeds to donate to your favorite cause. And if you have a home-bound neighbor or someone who needs a little extra help, you can always offer to clean up or tidy their yard or take unwanted items to a donation center on their behalf.

To find more volunteer ideas for spring, use this simple search, and enter keywords “spring” or “cleanup.”

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