Let’s face it, we’re all used to giving our money away in Las Vegas. So next time, instead of giving it away, give back. This week’s voluntourism spotlight focuses on a volunteer program that assists abused and at-risk children and families. Learn more about the St. Jude’s Ranch in this weekend’s broadcast of Peter Greenberg Worldwide and check back every Wednesday for more voluntourism opportunities.
St. Jude’s Ranch in Boulder City, Nevada, helps abused and at-risk children, young adults, and families. Children are fed, clothed, and put into secure home-like environments. Other programs focus on keeping siblings together, assisting pregnant teenagers, providing individual and family therapy, and tutoring programs.
There are plenty of volunteer opportunities at St. Jude’s. The gift shop is open every day and you can help create a cheerful environment for customers. Or help sort mail in the mailroom, where close to 40 bins of mail arrive daily (even more around the holidays). If you’re handy and enjoy working outdoors, you can assist with maintenance duties, such as changing filters and repairing sprinklers. The onsite car museum also needs light cleaning, such as sweeping or dusting classic cars, or you can help pick up donated vehicles every Tuesday.
All types of volunteers are welcome, even those under 18, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Opportunities are available for a day or a week, and are open to individuals or groups. To volunteer, visit St. Jude’s website and fill out an application.
By Stephanie Ervin for PeterGreenberg.com