Make very special deliveries
This one’s for the motorcyclists out there. Your local bike club probably does charitable work, like these Patriot Guard Riders. Some women’s bike groups take on very precious cargo: donated breast milk. When the New York Milk Bank asked the Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club of New York City for help, its members stepped up right away. They now use their bikes to take “liquid gold” (expressed breast milk) from donation depots to a pasteurizing center to hospitals and other places where needy babies are waiting.
Build and rebuild
If you know your way around a set of tools (or a paintbrush), you can help veterans through Purple Heart Homes. Through this group, veterans help other vets build or maintain their homes. Civilians can help out too, especially with fundraising and other behind-the-scenes jobs. (Here are 45 things Americans veterans wish you knew.) Prefer to focus on kids and community spaces? Check out KaBOOM!, which works with communities to build and improve parks and playgrounds so children can have better access to fresh air and safe places to be active. You don’t need any prior knowledge or skills to contribute to a KaBOOM build.
Code for America is always looking for volunteers with technical skills. You can join a local brigade of this “Peace Corps for Geeks,” or “hack from home” as you help address community problems with innovative technological solutions. Past projects have created an app that matches addicts with recovery programs and a website that makes it easier to apply for food stamp benefits. If video games are your favorite kind of tech, you can help raise money for worthy causes while you play. Register for one of Games Done Quick‘s twice-yearly speed-running marathons for charity.