Volunteering is a part of the fabric of our nation and Idahoans are stepping up.
According to a report on volunteerism by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Idaho ranked second in the nation in volunteering two years in a row with 35.8 percent of the population volunteering. Utah was in first place with 46 percent. Idaho beat out Wisconsin for the second place spot by only .4 percent. With 38.1 percent of residents volunteering, Boise came in eighth out of 75 mid-size cities.
The “Volunteering and Civic Life in America” report showed that in 2014, a total of 451,620 volunteers performed more than 51 million hours of service valued at $1.2 billion in Idaho. It also states that 54 percent of Idaho residents donate $25 or more to charity annually.
Here is a small sample of the volunteer opportunities near Boise.
- Idaho Youth Ranch– Thrift Store Volunteer
A few hours a week at an Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Store will help kids who suffer from abuse, neglect, or abandonment get the help they need to discover a promising future. There are several volunteer opportunities available with the Youth Ranch at various locations.
- Giraffe Laugh Early Learning Centers– Rocking Babies
This is exactly what it sounds like, rocking babies! Our third location is on the campus of the Marian Pritchett School for Pregnant and Parenting Teens. The center is comprised of mostly infants under two years old. The teachers often times need extra sets of hands to hold and rock the infants. All volunteers at this center must be over 18 years of age, be CPR/First Aid certified and have a Boise City Child Care license. Other opportunities include lunch transporter, classroom helpers, foodbank pick-up and delivery, donation organizer and sorter, etc.
- American Red Cross of Greater Idaho– Several Opportunities Available
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
- Ronald McDonald House Charities of Idaho, Inc.- Prepare Food
Volunteers can sign up to bake or prepare a meal for the patients and families staying at the Idaho Ronald McDonald House.
- The Idaho Food Bank– Several Opportunities Available
In 2015, more than 20,000 volunteers dedicated approximately 62,000 hours to helping The Idaho Food Bank provide emergency food assistance. Volunteers sort, repack, and load food donations; teach cooking classes, build backpacks; and distribute food at mobile pantries.
- United Way of Treasure Valley– Several Opportunities Available
United Way of Treasure Valley is changing the odds for members of our community through education, health and financial independence. Through careful research, United Way identifies the biggest local needs. To meet those needs, United Way brings together people and organizations with the passion, expertise and resources necessary to improve our community. It’s about change that’s built to last for generations. We help children and youth achieve their potential through education. We improve people’s health through preventive action and access to care. We promote financial independence. Really, it’s about preventing problems before they begin. It takes everyone working together to build something better. Each of us can give, advocate or volunteer.
If you would like more information on how to volunteer, go to ServeIdaho.gov. The purpose of Serve Idaho is to “promote collaborative efforts among private and nonprofit organizations, schools and state and local government agencies to advance national service programs and volunteerism throughout the state.” Another good site for finding volunteer opportunities near you is volunteermatch.org.
Thank you fellow Idahoans for making this such a great community to serve. We at Boise Real Estate Pros are proud to call this place home.