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Volunteer Opportunities

When we work together, we can change our community for the better. That is the one way we can #LIVEUNITED.

Whether you wish to volunteer on your own for a day or would like to find a volunteer opportunity for a group, visit our website, or call our office at 217-222-5020 to see how your time and talents can be put to work to advance the common good.

 

Not sure if you have the time to volunteer?

See how you can make room for a few hours to make a big difference.

  • We each have 8,760 hours in a year, roughly 720 hours in a month, 168 hours in a week, 24 hours in a day. How many can you spare to make someone's day? It's not as hard as you think. With a little advance planning, you can work volunteering into an already busy schedule.
  • Combine family time with volunteering. Volunteering is a great way to spend quality time with your family while passing your values to your children.
  • Many companies give their employees time to volunteer during the workday. Ask about volunteer policies at your job.
  • Make a specific volunteer opportunity a weekly, monthly, or even yearly tradition so it is just as important as a birthday or holiday.
  • Join a social group that emphasizes volunteering. You'll meet new people, network and give back to the "community" all at the same time.
  • Make a list of volunteer activities that do not require a commitment and keep them handy. When you have a little free time, you can spontaneously decide to participate.
  • Seize unexpected free time like snow days as opportunities to volunteer. Shovel sidewalks of elderly neighbors or make fleece blankets for shelters.
  • Use spring cleaning as an opportunity to donate clothing and household items in good condition to charity.
  • Plan to volunteer on holidays when there is no school or work.
  • Consider taking a volunteer vacation. The next time you take a few days to travel, think about using a portion of your time off to help those in need.
  • The most recent data about volunteering in America suggests that the most likely person to volunteer is a woman with a job and kids - likely the busiest people in this country! People make time to volunteer when they care about an issue.
  • Figure out what moves you and you'll find the time.

 

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