During the holidays many Iowans seek out volunteer opportunities, but some aren’t sure where to start. Some ideas include organizing a food or clothing drive at your place of work, or spending time with an elderly person who doesn’t have family nearby.
For those new to volunteering, Shirley Burgess of the United Way of Central Iowa recommends asking yourself which people in your community are you most interested in serving?
"Is it children, or is it seniors, are you interested in families, or people that are in a homeless shelter? Who is it that you want to connect with in terms of a need in the community that’s going to make you also feel good about what your contribution is?" Burgess asks.
Burgess adds that volunteers are needed year-round, not just during the holidays.