As the summer heat bears down on a number of areas this week, many of us have thoughts of visiting the beach or just relaxing at home. There are, however, others that seek a more charitable goal by taking a volunteer vacation either in the U.S. or aboard. Such volunteer activities at charities can range anywhere from teaching English to assembling storage sheds, building ramps for disabled persons, or playing with children in an orphanage. In many cases, these activities require participants to pay for their travel and in some instances their room and board as well. Of course prices can vary considerably depending on the destination, length of stay, and other factors.
Here are some tips to consider before making arrangements for a volunteer vacation:
Video of the Week
As part of our Building Trust Video Series, we are pleased to provide a video featuring Michael King, President & CEO, Volunteers of America (a BBB Accredited Charity) which is a faith-based organization that works to help those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. The organization's programs are designed to support seniors, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, those recovering from addictions, and military veterans.
We are always working with charities to publish or update reports for donors. Visit Give.org or local BBBs to check out any charity before giving. Our recently evaluated charities include:
Finally, remember to let us know by going to http://give.org/charity-inquiry if you are interested in seeing a report on a charity not on the list and we will do our best to produce one.
H. Art Taylor, President & CEO
BBB Wise Giving Alliance