July 05, 2019
July brings full-time summer vibes. Despite the heat, people enjoy spending their downtime outdoors, appreciating the sunshine and nature.
The good news is, you can do all of these things while helping others in the local community. Here, you’ll find three deserving groups in need of volunteers this month (and year-round) that will welcome you and your desire to give back within the confines of nature. Just be sure to protect yourself from the sun and drink plenty of water!
Where to volunteer: Friends of the Wissahickon; location varies
What you can do: Work on a variety of projects in different locations in the park in an effort to maintain the park’s beauty. This can range from repairing drains and grade reversals, repairing stonework, narrowing widened trails, trail clean-ups and more.
How to get involved: The organization recommends that new volunteers begin by signing up for a regularly scheduled park service day, and then moving on to become trail ambassadors, crew leaders, structures crew, and sawyers. View the upcoming service schedule and sign up here.
Where to volunteer: Thorncroft Equestrian Center, 190 Line Road, Malvern
What you can do: Currently, the farm dedicated to the physical and emotional well-being of those with special needs could use support during therapeutic riding lessons (preparing horses for the ride and assisting students during their ride) and help with farm operations (including cleaning the fields, barns and trails).
How to get involved: First, make sure you’re available to meet the minimum volunteer time commitment of three hours each time you volunteer. There is also a mandatory volunteer training that must be attended. Additionally, volunteers will need the following clearances: PA Criminal Record Check and PA Child Abuse History Clearance. View the current volunteer opportunities here.
Where to volunteer: The Monster Milers; location varies
What you can do: Join the 400-plus-person club that runs with adoptable dogs at shelters. The act of running with these dogs gives them human contact, a little bit of training and eases shelter stress while they await adoption. The organization also rescues dogs from Philadelphia shelters and places them in foster homes within the organization.
How to get involved: Test the waters by joining the Monster Milers for their monthly runs, and then you might consider more involvement and, even fostering.