Many wards find that it’s best to start by surveying the members, to find out what community organizations they’re already involved with. This also ensures that the organization is a good fit, as well as supporting members’ community involvement. Many wards do an email survey or post an announcement in the Sunday bulletin or ward/RS/PR/YW newsletter — whatever works best in your ward.
Here is a sample community volunteer questionaire. The Relief Society Humanitarian Service Coordinator passed out paper copies along with the ward bulletin, then sent it via email as well.
If you still need ideas after surveying members,read “40-ways-to-help-refugees-in-your-community” from mormonchannel.org and this article: 11 places where you can volunteer with your kids – The Boston Globe, which states: “Why not make family time meaningful by working together for a good cause?”
If you still need more ideas, here are a few good search engines. Even service opportunities suitable for families can be great for missionaries. In fact, members, non-members, or investigators looking for individual or family service opportunities can get involved alongside the missionaries. (Think “feeding two birds with one seed.”)
- volunteermatch.org lists lots of opportunities that you can filter by zip code, type of service (seniors, education, health, disabilities, etc.), ongoing or a particular date, etc.
- doinggoodtogether.org is particularly for families. There are Boston area volunteer opportunities for children/youth/families, plus projects families can work on at home.
- generationon.org has general ideas particularly aimed at getting kids excited to serve. Check out the book bags made from wallpaper sample books: http://www.
generationon.org/files/_ projects/genon_wallpaper_book_ bag.pdf
Do you have another method of finding service opportunities that you like? What has worked for you? See contact button above.