How to volunteer with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day


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Whether you’re single or planning to spend Valentine’s Day with your significant other, you can spread the love even further this week by lending a helping hand. Many organizations have specific events for the holiday, or you can simply choose a cause that’s close to your heart.

  • Love animals? Volunteer at your local animal shelter. The Humane Society has a Web page to help you find opportunities.
  • Help the hungry. Food pantries often need volunteers to organize goods and package them for those in need. Feeding America can help you find one near you.
  • Show soldiers you care. Put together a care package for member of the U.S. military. If you search “solider care packages,” numerous organizations pop up that can help you send it out, such as adoptaussoldier.org or supportarms.org. This article gives you a good idea of what to put in the package. 


And here are more opportunities across the U.S. to volunteer for Valentine’s Day this week, found on volunteermatch.org:


Ravenswood Outdoor Food Pantry

Location: Chicago

Date and time: Feb. 14, 8-11:30 a.m.

Help sort and distribute food to hungry families on the Northside of Chicago.


Lamp Community

Location: Los Angeles

Date and time: Feb. 13, 10 a.m.-noon

Create Valentine's Day cards for shelter residents. Using construction paper and markers, you’ll work alongside some of the resident volunteers to write caring messages.


Bachman Therapeutic Recreation Center

Location: Dallas

Date and time: Feb. 14, 6-10 p.m.

Assist with the recreation center’s Valentine’s Day Dance for special needs participants from the day activity program. Volunteers are needed to set up, clean up, serve food, supervise the dance and more.


Westside Girl Scout Leadership Center

Location: San Antonio

Date and time: Feb. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The “Show the Love” event for the community needs volunteers to help with a “tons of love” food drive, music, interactive crafts and refreshments.


Myriam’s Women’s Shelter

Location: Pittsburgh

Date and time: Feb. 13, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Female volunteers are needed for the Valentine’s Day Party hosted by L.I.V.I.N.G. Ministry, a nonprofit dedicated ot the betterment of the homeless in Pittsburgh. A healthy meal will be provided, as well as activities and gift bags. Volunteers are needed to help with cooking, cleaning and visiting with the women.


Valentine-A-Gram with Meals on Wheels

Location: Portland, Ore.

Date and time: Feb. 13, 8-10 a.m.

Drivers are needed to deliver 4,000 Valentine-A-Gram gift boxes in the Portland metro and Clar County areas. Routes are approximately two hours and are scheduled between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. There are two pick-up locations in Multnomah County and one in Clark County.


Habitat for Humanity Singles Build

Location: Frederica, Delaware

Date and time: Feb. 14, 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m.

Give back to the community by helping Habitat for Humanity in Central Delaware, and meet new people. Participation is free and lunch is provided by Freedom Baptist Church.


Cupid’s Cleanup

Location: San Diego

Date and time: Feb. 14, 9-11 a.m. or 10 a.m.-noon

Show San Diego you love her by cleaning up the community and joining in an after-party courtesy of AleSmith Brewing Company.


Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Location: Milwaukee

Date and time: Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-noon

Help prepare food donations to be distributed to the 36 counties served by the organization. Food donations need to be sorted and labeled.