Want to make a positive impact? Consider volunteering!

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The best way to help others is by volunteering

Gabriela Mendez, Staff Writer

If you’re looking for something to do in your free time and something to give you a boost in the job community, then you should check out these three places to volunteer locally

First, volunteers for pet therapy are wanted. Solano County residents who are Certified Pet Therapy Volunteers are needed by Anchor Health Hospice. You must agree that pets can improve everything in a number of ways right? By helping out at Anchor Health, you’ll have the chance to actually change someone else’s life. You should absolutely look into this if you and your certified pet therapy animal are interested in meeting with hospice patients, their careers, and their families! You let them know how frequently you’d want to volunteer, and they’ll locate a task that works well for you. Let the volunteer coordinator know you’re interested, and they’ll call you. After that, you’ll get training for your patient visits as well as an introduction to hospice ideas.

Being a helping hand is something that everyone feels good about, so volunteering at Leaven’s after-school program is a fantastic way to serve kids and the community! For at-risk elementary school students in Kindergarten through 5th grade, the Leaven after School Program offers entertaining, interesting programs. The Leaven operates a number of sites in Fairfield every day from 3 to 5 PM, Monday through Friday. Come out and mentor youngsters, help them with their homework, and give them the encouragement they need to overcome whatever obstacles they may be facing. Volunteers are required to commit to one afternoon a week for two years and must be at least 14 years old. The typical hours are 3–5 PM or 2:45–4:45 PM. All prospective volunteers are required to undergo a live scan background check.

Last but not least, going back to the topic of animals, there are many advantages to volunteering with the Humane Society of the North Bay. Each year, volunteers provide aid to hundreds of animals in a variety of ways, including dog walking, cat socialization and playtime, animal care, cleaning, and feeding, marketing, graphic design, and fundraising. Every volunteer must attend a one-hour orientation before helping, and volunteers under the age of 16 must have a parent present and sign a disclaimer.

Consider volunteering in an area that interests you, but if you’re stumped about where, think about these three things. Sign up right away and invite a friend!