If you’ve ever struggled with whether to volunteer because you felt like you were giving up an even better opportunity—including supporting a cause such as maintaining a healthy environment—we’re here to tell you that you can do both.
There are numerous ways volunteers can give back to their community while promoting a greener and more sustainable world that we can enjoy and that future generations will cherish, too. One of the most practical examples is to participate in an Adopt-A-Highway program in your area or another neighborhood cleanup initiative that allows you and fellow volunteers to pick up trash and otherwise promote the beauty of the natural world. By removing trash from roads, parks and other public areas, you are taking away potentially negative materials for proper disposal and preventing wildlife from ingesting harmful items, too.
You might also be surprised at the opportunities you can find by connecting with city government. For example, some parks departments might be eager to have your help planting trees or working on other projects that will make your community more beautiful and add more natural elements to your city’s environment.
Finally, if you enjoy reading and studying environmental issues, you might start a blog about the topic for your community or contribute guest columns to your local newspaper. You might also host a free lecture at your local library. By sharing your knowledge with others and starting important discussions on topics such as the environment, you might build a group of like-minded volunteers who can effect real changes for greater sustainability in your community.
If you are looking for Utah volunteer opportunities surrounding the environment, start with our Utah Volunteer Centers webpage. We look forward to hearing about the projects you launch in your area!