It’s summertime and everyone is enjoying their vacations, going out to local beaches, and the (mostly) sunny weather. While the summer is a great time to unwind, it’s also the perfect time to get out and make a difference in the world.
Several non-profits across the city are open to volunteers during the summer. Regardless of if your a busy parent with children that need service hours or a young professional with some extra free time this list will give you 5 great volunteer opportunities in Mobile this July.
Mobile County Recycling Center Clean-up Day
- Goodwill Easterseals is teaming up with Keep Mobile Beautiful to have monthly clean-ups at the Mobile County Recycling Center. Volunteering there would have you sorting materials, washing out bins, painting, and landscaping. This month’s clean-up will be on July 21st at 9am. Check out the Mobile County Recycling Center’s Facebook page for more information.
The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF)
- ARF is an animal shelter that takes in homeless dogs and cats are always in need of a helping hand. With over 50 cute dogs and more than 28 fluffy cats, they are looking for volunteers year round. All you have to do is fill out an application on their website and let them know what times during the week you would like to volunteer.
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of South Alabama
- Serving as a mentor, or a “big” as they call it, to a “little” can be one of the most fulfilling things you can do in the Mobile community. Just spending some time doing activities you would already be doing this summer like kayaking, fishing, or going to the beach with your little can leave a positive, lasting impact on their life forever. Visit their website to learn more about how to get involved!
Habitat for Humanity of South Alabama
- Habitat for Humanity is well known for having volunteers build homes for local communities, but their volunteer needs extend much further than that! Here in Mobile they have an office that would love volunteers ready to file paper and do data entry, as well as volunteers ready to work in their ReStore, non-profit home improvement store, as customer service clerks or moving product deliveries. Check out their website for more information.
- Much like ARF, Project Purr is an animal shelter based here in Mobile. Caring for more than 100 cats and kittens is a big responsibility, so they are always open to new volunteers.They are open everyday from 8a to 10a and if you are interested just fill out the volunteer form on their website.
If you aren’t cleaning up litter in a park, mentoring a child, or helping some strays, consider a way you can give back to your city! Every hour helps you make a difference in the world.