I just moved to Melbourne and want to find a place to volunteer. Where can I go?

If you’re looking to give back to the community, Brevard County is a great place to do so. You can volunteer at anywhere from the Space Coast Chapter of the American Red Cross to the United Way. Become a Big Brother or Big Sister. Volunteer at the Central Brevard Library. Serve at the Daily Bread Soup Kitchen or become a mentor with the Girl Scouts (I was a Girl Scout when I was younger. It’s a really great organization.). If you’re interested in teaching elementary schoolers, there is a Junior Achievement chapter in Brevard. If you love animals, you can always volunteer at the Brevard Zoo (lions, tigers, giraffes—oh my!) or Harmony Farms Horses for the Handicapped. And you can’t ignore the beaches; Keep Brevard Beautiful is an organization with scheduled beach cleanups so you can go out and keep your state clean.

If you’ve never thought about volunteering, volunteer work isn’t just good for the soul, it’s often required for scholarships, Greek organizations, leadership clubs, and other college activities.

If you have children, it’s a good way to show them how to take part in their community and to give back, values that should be ingrained early for your future collegiate or venture capitalist or genius. It also gives you a chance to meet new people in your community, especially if you’re new to the area, and to get a sense of what Melbourne is all about. The best way to get to know a city is to meet its people. Get to know Melbourne’s people through any of the variety of volunteer opportunities Brevard County has to offer.

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