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Between work and family, finding time to volunteer is often hard to do. But the act of giving back and supporting our communities is mutually beneficial—it feels good to do good. And there are many worthy organizations to choose from, making it easier than ever to find the one that works best for you and your schedule. Here are a few suggestions for inspiration.

1. Looking for some great and meaningful conversation? Save one weekend a month and devote it to providing assistance to those who—due to illness or old age—cannot leave their homes. You can sign up with a local chapter of a meal delivery organization and help bring food and companionship to seniors and those in need.

2. Do you love animals? Visit your neighborhood shelter for some free dog walking and/or cuddling. It’s a quick and easy feel-good fix, and all it takes is your lunch hour. Have more time to give? Shelters often need help transporting animals to their new owners. Grab a friend and plan a road trip to get a pet to its forever home.
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Did You Know?

Volunteering makes you more marketable. Those who volunteer have a 27% better chance at gaining employment, according to a study by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

3. Are you a highly organized person hoping to use your skills for something good? Help plan a birthday bash for a kid in need! Homeless children often miss out on celebrations—especially birthday parties. Through their Brightening Birthdays program, Volunteers of America offers the opportunity for you to donate, fundraise, provide supplies or volunteer at these awesome events.

4. Working from home a few days a week? Utilize your breaks to lend a hand. Search “virtual volunteerism” to find opportunities that suit your skill set. From free income tax assistance to serving as a crisis hotline operator, many sites provide thousands of useful ways to give back right from your living room.

5. Want to help enrich a child’s life, but still not sure you have enough time? The Allstate Foundation believes good starts young and with their partner, WE Charity, have made creating a meaningful volunteer project with youth easier than ever. Through the WE Volunteer Now program you can follow a step by step process on how to help youth find a cause they care about and take action – plus there’s a limited number of $250 grants to support this work as well.