One way to volunteer is to get involved with “service clubs”. According to Wikipedia:
“A service club or service organization is a voluntary nonprofit organization where members meet regularly to perform charitable works either by direct hands-on efforts or by raising money for other organizations. A service club is defined firstly by its service mission and secondly its membership benefits, such as social occasions, networking, and personal growth opportunities that encourage involvement.”
“Many of today’s service clubs got their start as social clubs for business networking, but quickly evolved into organizations devoted more to service than to networking, although networking may still be the primary reason many members decided to join.”
The best known of these clubs are Kiwanis International, Rotary International and the Lions Club.
From the Kiwanis website:
“Kiwanis helps kids around the world. Local clubs look out for our communities and the international organization takes on large-scale challenges, such as fighting disease and poverty. We are generous with our time. We are creative with our ideas. We are passionate about making a difference. And we have fun along the way.”
In our area, the Kiwanis Club of Pullman seems to be the most active.
From the Rotary website:
“Together, we apply our professional experience and personal commitment to tackle our communities’ most persistent problems, finding new, effective ways to enhance health, stability, and prosperity across the globe.”
In our area, both Pullman and Moscow have active Rotary clubs.
So far, we’ve been unable to find much information about active Lions Clubs in this area. If you know of some seeking new members, or if you’d like to provide additional information about the clubs listed here, please contact us!