Yesterday I was inspired by one of the posts on my favorite blog Zen Habits, for he had written about his goal to try and volunteer with his family at least once a month. I use to volunteer religiously at St. Vincent de Paul Society, which was a homeless soup kitchen in Northern California, before I moved to Southern California, and found it to be extremely rewarding.
There are many great places you can volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering I would use the site Volunteer Match to find places to volunteer in your area, and to tailor a volunteer experience to your personal interests. There are also a bunch of vegan friendly organizations that could use your help as well.
One of the fliers I picked up from the Animal Rights Conference on day 53 was Food Not Bombs. This grassroots organization puts together fee standing booths in over 1,000 different locations around the world, where they serve vegetarian/vegan meals to the hungry, and work for peace, human rights, and a healthy environment. This organization works for positive change throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.
Along with Food Not Bombs there are many other organizations that could use your help. For those of you that are animal lovers you could also choose to consider volunteering at an animal sanctuary or another great organization is Animal Rescue Corps. This is a volunteer based organization that is dedicated to ending animal suffering through rescue and relocation of abused animals. The opportunities are endless and not only would you be making a difference, but you will feel great in the process of helping others.