Volunteer on Vacation: Five Popular US vacation destinations and fun things to do there

Vacations are for relaxation, rejuvenation and fun. Why not add gratification to that mix? Get out and volunteer in a new community, bring your own rejuvenated brand of creativity and give back.

Where are you headed this summer?

Yellowstone Park

Making a trip out to Yellowstone National Park? This park is served by hundreds of volunteers throughout the year. While exploring the park, why not share your service to help protect and preserve park resources? Visit this website to learn more.Yellowstone Park

New York City

Remember that catchy tune? “It’s up to you, New York, New York!” Get out there and change the world. Visit NewYorkCares.org to search for volunteer opportunities in the big city. Projects like Game Time at Page Turners where volunteers participate in activities like relay races, hula hoop activities and jump roping or sorting at Bread of Life Food Pantry where volunteers sort and pack groceries for disadvantaged families. There are so many opportunities available through New York Cares it will be hard to choose!Food Shelf

Washington D.C.

Visiting D.C. means sight-seeing! The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the Smithsonian museums. While you’re out and about, spend some time volunteering! The Smithsonian offers fun and easy volunteer opportunities. It’s a great way to learn more about the area, to learn more about our nation’s history and to meet new people. Service and fun, what more do you need?

Smithsonian Museum


Enjoy the city, enjoy the sights! Before your visit, be sure to check out Chicago Cares for volunteer opportunities and special events happening in the windy city. You’ll find health and hunger programs, environmental programs, programs benefiting children and many more. There is something for everyone! Why not add some volunteering to your vacation itinerary?


San Diego

San Diego is known for its outdoor sights and spots. Go visit Balboa Park or the San Diego Zoo or Mission beach. While you’re enjoying these outdoor attractions, give back to maintain their beauty! Check out Volunteer Match when planning your vacation to incorporate these service and fun opportunities!

San Diego Zoo

No matter what your plans this summer, be it vacation or relaxing at home, there are so many ways to incorporate volunteerism into your plans. Be the change, volunteer!

Share your ideas below: how do you give back while on vacation?



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