Immaculate beaches? Year-round sun? Beautiful people? When it comes to blessings, SoFlo’s cup has truly runneth over. But of South Florida’s many gifts, the greatest one is its ability to give back. The people of South Florida know that building a solid community takes more than good weather. It takes kindness, selflessness, and a willingness to help one another. That’s why South Florida volunteers are not only working to make things better, they’re strengthening the community as a whole.
At Moving Squad, we know how strong the power of volunteering is, and we’re doing our part. When you work with us, you can help us to get food to thousands of hungry South Florida families simply by setting your non-perishable food items aside for us to deliver to local food banks. By doing that, we’re working together as a team to make an impact on the South Florida community.
Why Should Become A South Florida Volunteer?
Contrary to popular belief, volunteering is not completely without pay. It’s just not of the monetary kind. When you change the lives of people around you for the better, your life changes your life for the better as well. Volunteering can help you learn new skills, make friendships, and even improve your physical and mental health.
- Volunteering Connects You To Others
When you connect with your community by reaching out to volunteer, your community connects with you. Working alongside people who are as passionate as you are about a single cause creates strong bonds that lead to lifelong friendships and lasting relationships.
- Volunteers live longer and are healthier
Believe it or not, studies show volunteering is more beneficial to your health than exercising and eating well. Plus, older people who volunteer remain more physically functional, mentally sharp and live longer than those who don’t. But don’t hold off until your golden years. Good things don’t always come to those who wait. Research proves that those who reap the health benefits later in life have been volunteering before, through, and after retirement.
- Volunteering Gives You A Sense of Purpose
When you volunteer you’re making the choice to work without receiving money. Consequently, people, who volunteer choose to devote their time to an issue they feel strongly about. Working toward something meaningful to you brings a sense of purpose to your life which may be tied to greater longevity.
Volunteering Opportunities in South Florida
Pick a cause, any cause? No, not really. When you pick a cause to volunteer for, make sure its something you feel strongly about and something you can fit into schedule and lifestyle. Here are a few worthy South Florida causes that may work for you.
Moving For Hunger
For Moving Squad, our choice was easy. “Moving for Hunger” was a cause we felt strongly about, which fit right into our schedules. We partner with “Moving for Hunger” to help local families in economic hardship by putting food on their tables. When we work on a move, we encourage our customers to donate their non-perishable food items, which we deliver to local food banks to be distributed to families in need. If you want to help us help the hungry, see what you can do get involved at moveforhunger.org or pick Moving Squad as your local movers.
Feeding South Florida
As much as we’d like to, “Moving for Hunger” can’t take all the credit for alleviating the problem of hunger in South Florida. We couldn’t have done it without the volunteers at Feeding South Florida working, sorting, and inspecting the food we bring to the food banks and making sure it goes out the thousands of food-insecure families in South Florida. When you volunteer at Feeding South Florida, you’re serving over 42 million meals a year to those in need. Go to feedingsouthflorida.org./volunteer/ to sign up and see what a big difference a little click can make.
South Florida Wildlife Center
The South Florida Wildlife Center is dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating the wild animals of South Florida who have been displaced by a growing population and encroaching development. It needs volunteers to help handle the enormous volume of injured and orphaned animals that come through its hospital doors every day. If you have a love of animals, a heart of gold, nerves of steel and the time to volunteer, The South Florida Wildlife Center needs you and people like you. Find out about available positions and what you can do to help by calling 954-524- 4302.
South Florida Volunteer Mentor Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County
Author Marc Brown once said, “Sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” Nowhere does that quote ring truer than at the volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters of Broward County. When you volunteer as a big brother or sister, you have the superpower to change a child’s future by empowering them to achieve. And it’s also a lot of fun. If you want to save the day for a South Florida child, find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County at bbsbroward.org.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is about building foundations. Not only for houses but for families as well. Habitat for Humanity knows that having safe, affordable shelter is crucial for helping families to create a future with hope and promise. Habitat for Humanity volunteers helps families struggling to keep a roof over their heads by working alongside them to build new homes or improve their current ones. Whether you have building skills, want to build new skills, or just help a South Florida family, go to habitat.org/volunteer to learn about their volunteering opportunities.
Moving Squad: Moving to Make A Difference
When you pick Moving Squad as your moving service, you not only get the benefit of working with South Florida’s top-rated moving company, you also get the chance to be able to make a change in the lives of thousands of hungry families. By choosing us, your choosing to make a difference. To learn more about our company and our services, go to our website or apply for our free rate quote. For more information on how you can become a South Florida volunteer, check out this South Florida volunteer guide.