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Caring Is Sharing: December Volunteer Challenge

This time of year I think it’s especially important to think of ways to give back. I bet you’d be surprised by how many jobs don’t even require a huge time commitment — some you don’t even have to leave your house! These positions could be great for students or stay-at-home moms who are looking for ways to lend a hand elsewhere.

If you’re not sure where to get started, there are some great websites out there that make finding the perfect opportunity for you super simple, like Volunteer Match, where you can be paired up with something you’re passionate about.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 5 easy ideas where you can make a difference in your community:

1. Animal Rescue Transport Coordinators
All you need is a computer and a phone to help animal rescues and shelters transport animals to their forever homes. Rescues and Shelters use www.Doobert.com to create their transport requests to get the animals where they need to go. Doobert is constantly in need of volunteers to help with this process.

2. Dog Walkers Needed
Paws LA (Pets Are Wonderful Support) assists low-income seniors and people disabled with life-threatening illnesses care for their dogs by providing all basic companion needs including dog-walkers. How sweet is that?!

3. Tutor Homeless Youth
Organizations such as Schools On Wheels provide tutoring and educational mentoring to homeless students, grades K-12. As a mentor, you’d help fill in the gaps in their education and make a huge difference in their life!

4. Teach Students to Express Themselves through Dance
The Boys and Girls Club is looking for a volunteer who has an extensive background in hip-hop, jazz, and majorette style dance to work closely with middle school students, to learn to be themselves and stay healthy.

5. Volunteer as a Crisis Counselor
Crisis Text Line provides free, nationwide, 24/7 support for people in crisis, all via text message. The service is powered by volunteer Crisis Counselors who work remotely anywhere. Counselors answer texts from people in crisis, bringing them from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening, collaborative problem solving, and safety planning.

And this is just a small sampling of volunteer positions! Each and every one of us has a skill to share and the capability to make a huge positive impact in the lives of others. What can you do to give back?

I challenge you to volunteer somewhere new this year! Please share your journey with me by tagging me in your social media or sending details to askjuleshough@gmail.com.

Photographer credit: Cory Tran

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Julianne Hough is just trying to be a nice person who dances as often as possible, usually in public. She recently wifed up to NHL star Brooks Laich and is the proud dog-mom of two pups, Lexi & Harley (they’re the real brains behind everything).
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