5 Fun-Filled Ways to Volunteer Over the Summer

School’s out, temperatures are rising, and the days are getting longer. Yes, summer is here!

While you can volunteer at any time of the year, many of us find ourselves with a little extra free time over the summer months. So why not put it to use doing some good? To help you get started, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to give back during the sunny season. And the best part is, you won’t even have to sacrifice any time dedicated to your favorite summer activities, like camping or trips to the beach.

If you loved summer camp when you were younger…

Feeling nostalgic for camp friends, arts and crafts, canoeing and s’mores? Consider volunteering as a camp counselor this season and relive those glorious camp days! If you can’t fit sleepaway camp into your busy adult schedule, look for opportunities at day camps in your neighborhood. You’ll help kids make new friendships, build character, explore new interests and discover hidden talents. Adventure awaits!

🏖️ Look for camp counselor volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood.

If you plan to spend the whole summer at the beach…

You’ll be at the beach all summer anyway, so why not help protect our oceans by participating in a beach cleanup? You’ll spend more time seaside AND you’ll be dedicating time to make the world a better place. Plus, most beach cleanups take place on weekends, require no special skills and can accommodate groups and volunteers of different ages. Just don’t forget the sunscreen!

🏖️ Find the nearest beach cleanup.

If you have a green thumb…

You’re probably already outside in your garden taking advantage of the great weather. But did you know there are ample opportunities to garden AND give back? Whether you’re restoring native plant habitats or growing nutritious, organic produce for communities in need, you’ll have the pleasure of working in the peaceful garden setting you love with the added satisfaction of knowing you’re doing something good for your community.

🏖️ Search for gardening opportunities in your area.

If you’re a fitness lover…

Many charity runs, walks and races happen during the summer months and couldn’t take place without the hard work and dedication of a strong volunteer team! Whether you’ll be competing in the race or passing out water and words of encouragement, there’s a wide variety of roles available for you to choose from. Take those good feelings to the next level by helping out a race that supports your favorite cause!

🏖️ See what charity races need help in your community.

If you want to get out of the heat…

Libraries are pillars of the community and provide many important services to its patrons. But they need your help! Depending on your skills and interests, you can restock shelves, assist with summer reading programs, serve free lunch to children in need, serve as an adult literacy tutor and much more! When you volunteer at your local library, you’ll make a huge impact in someone’s life all while staying cool.

🏖️ Find out how you can assist your local library over the summer.

For more ways to give back this summer and beyond, head to VolunteerMatch.org to see what nonprofits need help with in your community.

Already have summer volunteer plans? Share how you’ll be giving your time in the comments below! 👇