Most people already realize that giving back is important to their communities. But finding a way to wedge community service into an already-packed schedule can often seem challenging: Only 1 in 4 people volunteer, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even so, researchers say that giving time makes you feel as if you have more time footnote  .
Find creative ideas and inspiration for volunteering, no matter your availability.
Where to start...
- Visit the State Farm® Neighborhood of Good® site.
- Enter your zip code and interests, anything from hunger to homelessness.
- Your search will bring up local groups, government entities or nonprofits that need assistance.
If you have...
- Try virtual volunteering through apps or online.
- Donate blood.
- Pick up trash.
- Become a tutor or mentor. Your employer may offer personal time off for volunteering.
- Find a flexible opportunity such as dropping by the senior center or walking dogs for a local pet rescue group.
- Instead of dinner out, serve others at a soup kitchen.
Half a day
- Participate in a charity race.
- Offer to help at a concert or event you’d like to attend.
- The generation that volunteers the most: Gen X footnote 
- The states that rank the highest in volunteerism footnote  : Utah, Minnesota and Wisconsin
The benefits of volunteering footnote 
- Lowered stress
- Increased well-being
- A sense of control over your health
- Feeling better, happier and more connected to one’s community
The benefits behind volunteering is just one of the reasons State Farm® created Neighborhood of Good®. It’s a tool to help others find and volunteer for causes in their neighborhoods and make a real local impact.
Visit NeighborhoodofGood.com to find volunteer opportunities near you.
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