Moving to a new city is obviously can be an overwhelming experience. Finding ways to connect with your new home and neighborhood can be a challenge in the beginning when there seems to be so many other things that take priority when setting up a new life for yourself. One of the quickest and most authentic ways to feel a part of your new home is through volunteering with local organizations. You can meet new people who care about the same causes as you do as well as play a role in making the community stronger. If you’re new to living in Charlotte, NC and want to learn about volunteer opportunities that can better help you assimilate to your new surroundings, check out this list we’ve put together.
Hands on Charlotte
A great way to find out how to volunteer in Charlotte is through the website Hands On Charlotte. Hands On Charlotte does all of the work of searching the internet for opportunities for you, and puts them in an easily accessible community calendar. It’s also a great place to find short-term and nearby volunteer commitments. If you have a green thumb, you can try Gathering in the Garden. The event is run by Friendship Gardens and is hosted every one evening per week seasonally. Volunteers are needed for watering, harvesting, planting and composting. If you’re more interested in a human interaction during your volunteer time, consider participating in Pet Visits at Brookdale Costwald. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their animals to visit with residents of Brookdale senior living center to brighten their moods and raise morale at the center.
Habitat for Humanity Charlotte
One of the most famous volunteer organizations is Habitat for Humanity, and the Charlotte chapter is always looking for volunteers. Habitat for Humanity is a charity that believes home ownership is a key factor of success and works to build homes for families in need in their local communities. The organization needs volunteers to help at construction sites, both for big groups and individuals. If construction isn’t your thing, you can contribute to Habitat for Humanity through one of their non-construction opportunities in their offices and stores.
Charlotte Rescue Mission
If you’re hoping to tackle a larger social issue with your volunteer hours, consider working with the Charlotte Rescue Mission, which is dedicated to helping combat substance abuse and homelessness. It’s one of the city’s oldest volunteer organizations, having been established in 1938. The mission has both group and individual volunteer opportunities, which are available for consideration on the mission’s website. There are two campuses, separated by gender: Dove’s Nest for women and children, and Rebound for men. On both campuses, guests can volunteer to cook, serve and sponsor meals, or contribute to workshops in a classroom environment like resume writing and basic computer skills.
If you want to start getting to know the benefits of living in Charlotte, it’s obvious that one of the best way to do that is through different volunteer opportunities in your city. We encourage you to check out these opportunities and more as you start to settle into your new home.