Best Outdoor Summer Volunteer Opportunities

June 9, 2014 12:00 PM
Best Outdoor Summer Volunteer Opportunities

" The benefits of volunteering are innumerable. Not only does volunteering give you the chance to help others in your community, but it’s also good for your physical and emotional health, particularly if you are enjoying the volunteer work. If you love being outdoors and giving your time to make your city a better place to live, make a difference with these five causes and volunteer opportunities.

Walking Trails and Nature Centers

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Spend some time in the great outdoors while maintaining paths and restoring wildlife habitats. Organizations like REI are always looking for volunteers who want to spend time in the great wide open while helping maintain the natural beauty of a place. Through VolunteerMatch they can match you with an outdoor cause, like maintaining local trails or cleaning up beaches, because they work with more than 90,000 nonprofit organizations, including nature centers.

Community Gardens

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If you live in a big city and far from the woods, mountains and beaches, you can still get outside and make your neighborhood better. A green thumb is helpful at these local gardens, but not required "

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