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Creative ways to fit in volunteer opportunities

Discover how to work volunteering into an already-busy schedule.


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.

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...

30 minutes

  • Try virtual volunteering through apps or online.
  • Donate blood.
  • Pick up trash.

One hour

  • 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.

Believe it

  • The generation that volunteers the most: Gen X
  • The states that rank the highest in volunteerism: Utah, Minnesota and Wisconsin

The benefits of volunteering

  • 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 to find volunteer opportunities near you.

Visit to find volunteer opportunities near you.

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