Whether it's volunteering at a soup kitchen or donating clothes to the needy, charitable works of all kind make a difference. And that difference is being celebrated this week with National Volunteer Week.
The American Red Cross is one of many organizations that offer volunteer opportunities.
Representative Amy Hill says there are plenty of ways people can help, whether it be working the front desk at their South Bend office, taking CPR training courses, donating blood, or being trained to respond and assist families who are victims of disasters.
The Red Cross holds tours and orientations twice a month, at noon on the second Thursday of the month and at noon on the fourth Tuesday at their office on 3220 East Jefferson Blvd. in South Bend. To RSVP for one of these tours, call (574) 234-0191.
Other volunteer opportunities include helping with animals at local shelters, working at a soup kitchen or food pantry, helping at the Center for the Homeless, or just taking your family to pick up trash in your neighborhood or local parks. Even if you only have an hour or two to spare a week, you can make a difference in your community.