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4 Ways to Volunteer Using Your Car

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Paying attention to and helping great causes is important, but you may not know where to start. Luckily, if you have a car, a driver’s license, and a little bit of time on your hands, there are a few ways you can get involved and help your community.


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4 Ways to Volunteer Using Your Car

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Animal Transportation

Animal shelters need all kinds of help, but it’s more than just working in the shelter and playing with the animals. A lot of times, animals come in with injuries and need special medical care. Rescues will also reach out to shelters and offer to take in animals on “death row.” Either way, shelters often need volunteers willing to transport animals throughout the county or state. Reach out to your local shelters about whether or not they are looking for transportation volunteers.

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Red Cross Driver

The American Red Cross is known for its blood drives across the country and their disaster relief programs. As long as you don’t get lightheaded at the sight of blood (if you do, this probably isn’t the job for you), transporting blood to local hospitals is a great way to dedicate your time and be part of life-saving efforts.

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Senior Care

As people age, they eventually stop driving. While it varies when the elderly stop driving, most in assisted living or nursing homes don’t have the ability to drive any longer. Consider reaching out to your local senior center or nursing home to sign up as a volunteer. You may be able to run errands for residents or take them to doctor’s appointments.

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Sources: The Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity