Stretch your marathon miles
If you love running marathons for charity but want to do even more, like this marathon queen who raised $200,000, consider becoming a running partner for a sight-impaired runner. United in Stride matches visually-impaired athletes with sighted counterparts in marathons and shorter races across the entire country. If you have even more time to give, Achilles International is another organization that pairs volunteers with disabled runners of all kinds, including kids, and those who require specialized equipment. As an Achilles volunteer, you will commit to helping an athlete with a disability during weekly or bi-weekly training sessions, as well as during the race itself.
Give cuddles to newborns
It’s a sad fact of modern times that many infants are born addicted to heroin or opioids, and need to go through withdrawal. The withdrawal process for these littlest beings is long, painful, and filled with suffering; worse still, many of these newborns have no adult to soothe them through this process. Holding, cuddling, singing, and speaking to drug-addicted babies helps them recover more quickly, reports Uplift. Towards that end, volunteer initiatives known as cuddle care have sprung up nationwide. Volunteer cuddlers require a 4-hour course prior to cuddling. To get started, reach out to any local hospital which has a NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), or check the list of participating hospitals. Addiction can happen to anyone, which is why it’s important to know the silent signs of pain pill addiction.