There are more than 2,400 volunteers
who give of their time to make a difference in Plymouth, Minnesota. In fact, in the year 2017, more than 27,000 hours were logged by volunteers, equaling an in-kind contribution of $657,387.
Volunteering is a great way for new residents to get involved in the community, as well as a way for longtime residents to give back. About 58 percent of the volunteers are adults, 16 percent are seniors, and 26 percent are teens.
5 Ways to Give Back to Your Community in Plymouth
Volunteers are always busy in Plymouth. They’ve removed Buckthorn from city parks and trails, planted more than a thousand trees, dispensed nearly 100,000 dog poop bags in city parks, scanned hundreds of documents to make digital records, and much more. Here are five ways you can join in on the action.
Pack Snack Packs for ChildrenPacking snack backs
is listed as a “most pressing need” by Interfaith Outreach, which runs several groups for kids, including homework clubs and summer camps. These snacks help children stay focused on their academics and activities.
Keep the Water Clean
Anything that goes into storm drains ends up in our rivers, streams, wetlands, and lakes. One way to protect the water? Volunteer to mark storm drains
with a message saying only rain should go in the drain.
Help at Your Door is a nonprofit that provides rides to seniors
. You’ll be helping your passengers maintain their independence and stay at home—and will probably feel great for doing so.
Take Your Family to Help Sort Donations
This volunteer opportunity is to sort incoming clothing, shoes, and household items
at Interfaith Outreach. Flexible shifts are available, including Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Middle school students are welcome to come with adults, which makes this a good chance for your family to volunteer together.
Get Your Teen Involved
Teens ages 14 and up can apply for the Summer Teen Volunteer Program
, which is an opportunity not only to lend a hand, but to also gain valuable leadership skills assisting with summer recreation programs.
, we’re proud to be a part of the communities we serve, especially places like Plymouth where so many residents step up to make their hometown an even better place to live.