Get your generosity wheels turning

Resources and Thrivent Action Team idea-starters for National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week, April 7 – 13, 2019, is an opportunity to celebrate service – and set generosity in motion.

Turning inspiration into action

"To find the right volunteer fit, start with your heart. Your heart will tell you where to devote your time," says Thrivent member Susan Yount.

Local resources can help you connect your passion with a specific need in your area. Your church, school, local food pantry, and community, recreation and senior centers are likely to need help or be connected to needs in your community. Their volunteer pages on their websites are a great place to start. You can also check out sites like Greatnonprofits.org and search for nonprofits by state or city.

Ready to follow your heart?

National Volunteer Week is the perfect time to gather your friends and family to give back, inspire others, celebrate volunteerism – or all of the above!

Check out these five ideas to help set your generosity wheels in motion:

  • Take tutoring to the streets. From teaching kids how to read to showing seniors how to use a smartphone – there's an unending need for volunteer tutors with all types of skills. Organize and host a one-day tutoring session.
  • Connect your profession with your passion. For example, if you're a budding artist, offer to have a team help paint a mural on a building tagged with graffiti. If you're a retired health care professional, organize a free blood pressure screening event.
  • Be a good sport. Connect with a high school basketball, soccer or football team and include older players to help organize a one-day sports camp for a local Boys & Girls Club.
  • Think Easter. Organize your team to fill Easter baskets and sell them after church services and give the proceeds to a mission program or other cause.
  • Celebrate service. Plan a volunteer appreciation event to celebrate the passionate volunteers in your community.

Looking for more inspiration? Check out the Thrivent Action Teams Hub.