As homeowners are displaced due to worsening weather conditions in several areas around the United States, it’s important to volunteer your services wherever and whenever you’re able. To that end, National Volunteer Week is set to take place Sunday, April 10 through Saturday, April 16.

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But where do you start when it comes to volunteering? In terms of disaster relief and recovery, you can’t do much better than the American Red CrossSalvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity. These organizations are always looking for help –in whatever form that may take — to support their various projects.

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Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Donate cash – a financial contribution is the most effective type of donation;
  • Offer gifts like clothing, food, and furniture. Other in-kind donations include services such as administrative support, meeting/office space, website development, or expertise in strategic planning and legal advice; and
  • Volunteer – giving personal time to a worthy cause is one of the most effective ways to contribute to an organization.

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Also, please consider volunteering for your local Community Emergency Response Team(CERT). By volunteering, you’ll assist others in your local community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. Find a local CERT near you.

For more options to serve, check out the Corporation for National and Community Service – the federal agency charged with promoting and fostering volunteering and national service in America.

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