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Lend A Hand During National Volunteer Month

Lend A Hand During National Volunteer Month

Did you know that April is National Volunteer Month?  It’s a month dedicated to recognizing the importance of volunteering! If you are staying local for spring break this year, we’re sharing numerous ways that you can make a difference and serve your community by donating your time and talents to worthy causes, not just this month, but all year long! 

This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:23  

It’s easy to get involved and these four local worthy causes can always use a helping hand. 

Mostly Mutts continues to grow and additional volunteers are always needed. There are so many ways to contribute your time, skills, and talents to help their animal rescue mission and they welcome you to join their pack!  

At Books for Africa in Atlanta, volunteers sort and pack books according to category and age level. No heavy lifting is involved and volunteers should be at least 14 years old.

MUST Ministries and Storehouse Ministries are both on a mission to help those in our community with the love of Christ and always need helping hands to make a difference. Are you wild about crafts, games, senior-friendly activities? Head over to your local senior center and share the fun with participants. And, by volunteering at local nursing homes, you’ll have the opportunity to give back to seniors who have contributed so much. 

When considering where to volunteer your time and talents for an extended period of time, it is important to match your gifting with the needs of an organization. Below are six service ideas, where you just might get more than you give!

1. Make a Difference in the Lives of Special Needs Children 

If you want to help show the world that every person counts and has value, Jacobs Ladder is a wonderful place to make a difference. And, at Mckenna Farms, helping in hippotherapy and therapeutic riding sessions by leading the horse or side walking is fun and just one of the many ways a volunteer can help.

2. Impact the Life of a Child 

Help at Calvary Children’s Home which provides a safe, loving, Christian environment for children needing placement apart from their families, or volunteer with Safe Path Children’s Advocacy Center whose vision is a community free of child abuse. If you have a heart for children, consider mentoring at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta which brings people of different ages and backgrounds together.

3. A Heart for the Homeless

If you have a heart for the homeless, Habitat for Humanity, and 7 Bridges are always thankful to have extra helping hands to end homelessness with the love of Christ. 

 4. Helping Those Facing Food Insecurities 

Atlanta Food Bank helps connect and care for those facing food insecurities. Hosea Feeds the Hungry, and Rise Against Hunger are all on a mission to end hunger in our community.

5. Spread Joy and Give Hope To Those Who Need Healing

From patient parties to family support services to community fundraiser events, the following organizations rely heavily on volunteers to complete their mission.  AFLAC Children’s Cancer, JDRF. org,  Loving Arms Cancer Outreach, Hello Hope, and Ronald McDonald House, all consider their volunteers the heartbeat of their organizations.

6. Volunteering with our Veterans

The American Legion plays a vital role in supporting the men and women who risk their lives to protect our freedoms. There is no shortage of ways to volunteer,  You can volunteer 10 hours a week, or as little as a couple afternoons a month.

     Keep in mind, it doesn't matter in what way or how often you volunteer. What matters is that you find something you love and share your giftings. And remember, as part of our ongoing Leaving a Legacy initiative for high school students, it is our desire that students begin to self-initiate and carry out individual service projects. For 9th-11th grade, half of the required hours must be served through the church they regularly attend, and half of the required hours must be served in the community. Senior hours are part of their Senior Legacy Project.

  • Grade 9 | 6 hours of volunteer service 3 hours in church / 3 hours in community
  • Grade 10 | 8 hours of volunteer service 4 hours in church / 4 hours in community
  • Grade 11 | 10 hours of volunteer service 5 hours in church / 5 hours in community
  • Grade 12 | 12 hours of volunteer service as a part of their Senior Legacy Project




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