Be a Valentine Volunteer

Volunteer for Valentine’s Day!

This year, make Valentine’s Day mean more than cards and candy. Research shows the average American spends almost $120 on Valentine’s Day. Think how much good could be done by local nonprofits with that money.  After the Christmas holiday spike in donations and volunteers, many nonprofits suffer. Here are 10 great ways to bring more meaning to a day intended to demonstrate love and affection and keep the spirit of giving going into the new year:

  1. Adopt a ball of love from one of the area’s many animal shelters, such as Atlanta Humane Society, PAWS, Fur Kids, Good Mews, or Angels Among Us to name a few.
  2. Contact your local senior living center and see if you can pay them a visit and show them a little love, or deliver homemade Valentine’s cards or flowers to brighten their day. Several good options in addition to our regular projects at A.G. Rhodes are Arbor Terrace, Sunrise Senior Living, Dogwood Forest.
  3. Help your kids share the love by donating gently loved toys.  Several donation sites are: American Kidney Service, North Fulton Charities, Foster Care Support Foundation, and the Atlanta Mission.
  4. Help disadvantaged women and girls feel beautiful on Valentine’s Day, at their Prom and on special occasions by donating formal dresses you no longer wear to the Enchanted Closet.
  5. Wear your heart on your feet with a purchase from Tom’s. For every pair purchased, the company donates a pair to a child in need.  
  6. Start your spring cleaning early by sorting through your closets and furniture. Donate what you no longer need to your local Goodwill, local thrift store or the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta.
  7. Buy Fair Trade Certified chocolates, flowers and sweet treats this Valentine’s Day and help support workers rights and protect the environment. Click here more ideas on Fair Trade.
  8. Show your appreciation to those who serve you and your community with a handmade Valentine, thank you note, or mini gifts. Ideas include volunteer firemen, waste management, police officers, medical workers, gas station attendants, waiters, postal workers, crossing guards, or checkout clerks and baggers. This list can go on and on! Find some crafty projects online.
  9. Give a gift from the heart on Valentine’s, literally. Blood donations are always needed. Visit American Red Cross to find a blood drive in your area.
  10. Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 12th – 18th, pick a day or celebrate all week by sharing a little love with strangers. Find ideas online.

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