Natural disasters, and some made directly by humans, are becoming stronger, lasting longer and occurring more frequently than ever. As a volunteer, you can help in a variety of ways—from educating yourself and others and helping communities prepare, to responding directly and helping neighborhoods rebuild.
Microvolunteering and virtual volunteering have enabled millions of volunteers to make a difference from the comfort of their own home. Here are a few ideas to kick-start your outdoor inspiration.
Even the cleanest neighborhoods and communities have the occasional litterbug. You can make your town cleaner, while inspiring your neighbors to do the same.
Helping track and care for wildlife in both urban and rural areas of the U.S. is vital to a thriving ecosystem. And it doesn't take a huge sacrifice to make a big difference.
Start a community garden, choose to ride the bus, help clean a river. When you get out and get green, the earth will pay us all back generously for generations to come.
Experience the great outdoors and stay active by volunteering at one of America's 400 National Parks.