When summer hits, people tend to get some extra free time on their hands. Instead of using that free time to be bored or just sitting on the couch watching TV, why not get out and do something? There are plenty of things going on in the community that people of all ages can do.

Here in East Texas there are plenty of nonprofit organizations that are always looking for volunteers to help out in the summer. These are fun ways to get you and even the kids out of the house, but all the while doing something to help other people.

Meals on Wheels Ministry, Inc. serves a daily meal to nearly 3,000+ frail, homebound senior citizens and disabled persons for every weekday in East Texas. You can visit their website for volunteer opportunities and more information on the organization itself.

The East Texas Food Bank is a nonprofit organization, has provided food to over 200 partner agencies, in an effort to feed children, the working poor and seniors throughout 26 counties in East Texas. You can click here for volunteer information. Also, you don’t want to forget to vote for the East Texas Food Bank to win Toyota’s “100 Cars For Good” campaign.

PATH’s programs address the multiple factors affecting low income families that keep them in poverty, place them at risk of becoming homeless or in need of crisis intervention services, and limit the potential of children and adults to live stable, secure and prosperous lives. Click here to learn more about PATH and volunteering opportunities available.

The Boys and Girls Club is open to all children K-8th grades and provide what kids need most: a safe loving, mentoring environment where they can have fun and be themselves. They also provide homework and tutorial help with academic needs, nourishing meals, and fun activities. You can learn more about volunteer opportunities by clicking here.

The mission of Special Olympics Texas is to provide sports training and athletic competition for persons with intellectual disabilities [mental retardation], giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy. Volunteers serve as coaches, officials, competition assistants and much more. For information and volunteer opportunities click here.

These are just a few of the numerous organizations in the community looking for volunteers. You can get a complete list of organizations here, and hopefully you will be able to find one that catches your eye. What a great way to spend your free time summer- by helping others in your spare time.