We know you’re busy. Hectic schedules can push even the best-intentioned volunteer projects to the back burner. That's why Create the Good has shortened the steps between to-do list and action. We've distilled the five most popular ways people volunteer and given you five practical, creative acts of kindness for each that you can start today!
Teach the value of volunteering to youngsters—or simply make your volunteer project a fun family affair—by enlisting children, grandchildren and other kids in the community.
Don’t have youngsters around, but still love kids? Become a Foster Grandparent with Senior Corp, tutor or mentor a child through AARP Experience Corps, or help out at other child-oriented volunteer organizations.
Not all of us are lucky enough to have a house full of family or the health to get out of the house and socialize. Reach out and show an elderly or lonely neighbor they aren’t alone.
Learn about more ways to help seniors and neighbors by becoming part of a caring community network
It’s easy to make a difference from the comfort of your own home.
If you feel inclined to venture out, use our volunteer search to find local opportunities!
Pets without homes need attention and care—especially during the colder months. Donate your time and love to abandoned or abused animals.
Find other animal welfare organizations on petfinder.com.
It’s not easy being left behind while a loved one is off serving our country. You can help military families deal with the hardships they face each day, whether it’s getting settled in a new town or finding extra rides or childcare for young ones.
Still seeking that perfect volunteering match? Use AARP’s interactive Volunteer Wizard to find opportunities that fit your interests and schedule.