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How to Volunteer as an Army Wife

Volunteering can be a great way to contribute to society regardless of whether you are a military wife. There are many organizations both on and off post that rely on their volunteers to help run their programs. Be sure to check with the Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) or ACS office on your post as they can lead you to volunteer opportunities. You can also check a website called Volunteer Match that displays opportunities based on your zip code.

Volunteering is also a great way to stay busy during deployments or training exercises and for the stay at home parent, it can be a great way to have some adult conversation! Many opportunities offer childcare for free or at a reduced rate while you volunteer (this is especially true on post).

Below are several organizations that I am aware of and places of businesses that commonly have volunteer opportunities. If you know of other places, please let me know so they can be added.

National Organizations:

American Red Cross

USO

United Way

Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts

Big Brother/Big Sister

Ronald McDonald House

Habitat for Humanity

Salvation Army

Goodwill

Other Organizations:

Hospitals

Hospice

Museums

Chamber of Commerce

Homeless Shelters

Animal Shelters

YMCA

Do you volunteer? What organizations do you volunteer for and how did you approach it? Please share in the comments!

About the author: Stacey is an Army wife of a soldier who joined in 2003. He has since been medically retired but she continues to provide information to Army wives and families to make their adjustment to the Army lifestyle easier. Connect with Stacey: Facebook Twitter Pinterest

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