When people picture volunteering in our communities, direct service is typically what comes to mind.
Direct-service volunteers are the most visible — delivering food boxes, shelving books in a library, building playgrounds. Whether it's in an office or somewhere out in the woods, direct service volunteer roles are all about getting involved in hands-on, tangible ways.
For many people, direct service is an ideal way to volunteer.
While there will likely always be a need for folks to take on such general-skills tasks like cleaning up parks and taking tickets at events, direct service volunteer positions also include skilled activities like:
While direct service volunteer activities will vary in difficulty—including whether you'll need any training before getting started—and time commitment, many of the volunteer gigs that you can sign up for one-time only or to show up episodically will likely fall in this category.
So if you've been looking for a way to lend a hand and get some dirt under your fingernails (either literally or figuratively), consider direct service opportunities.
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