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7 Ideas for your volunteering

According to the BMI, around 29 million people in Germany volunteer regularly. Would you like to get active yourself and just want to see what opportunities are available? Then take a look at the 7 ideas for volunteering that we have put together for you here. We explain what is behind each commitment and which groups and topics you can support. We hope you find the right thing for you!

For each topic presented, you will find many specific projects that you can get involved in via our platform

These are areas you can get involved in
  1. Cold Relief & Homeless Aid
  2. Nature & Environmental Protection
  3. Education
  4. Cleanups
  5. Sponsorships
  6. Upcycling & Zero Waste projects
  7. Donations in Kind

1. Get involved in Cold Relief & Homeless Aid


Especially in the cold season, people without shelter or a fixed abode are dependent on support. Every year on 1 November, the cold aid programme starts, with organisations providing emergency overnight accommodation and cold buses throughout Germany. Emergency shelters offer people a warm and safe place to sleep, hot meals and usually the possibility to take a shower. The support buses, on the other hand, are on the road in the cities during the cold months to keep an eye out on the streets for people suffering from the cold.

The organisations depend on (your) support. Whether it’s serving food in a shelter, supervising a night shift or touring with the support buses. There are many ways you can get involved. In our blog post on this topic, you will find detailed information, including emergency numbers for the cold buses, an overview of the organisations in each city and what other opportunities you have to support homeless people.

2. Get involved in Nature & Environmental Protection

Baumsetzling in der Erde

Preserving nature and the environment in the coming years and decades will be a mammoth task. And yet everyone can make a small contribution. The possibilities for volunteering in this area are incredibly diverse. They range from active gardening in participatory gardens or parks to organisational support for climate projects and ecological education projects at schools.

If you care about your environment, maybe even have a green thumb and want to do your part for a green and living environment, getting involved in nature conservation and environmental protection could be just the thing for you.

3. Get involved in Education


Education is an essential building block of a functioning democratic society. But unfortunately, educational opportunities are very unequally distributed. By getting involved in education, you can change this and support one or more people on their way. The target group you work for can be just as diverse as the type of commitment.

How about a reading mentorship for primary school children? Or rather tutoring for pupils in higher grades? What about supporting people who are currently looking for an apprenticeship? Or a language tandem with newcomers?

4. Get involved in Cleanups

Menschen bei einem Clean-Up

Our urban nature has been neglected for far too long and, especially in big cities, litter has become an integral part of the street scene. Not only does it harm nature and animals, but ultimately also ourselves – one example: every carelessly discarded cigarette potentially contaminates 40 litres of groundwater. And plastic lying around in nature is often washed into the sea via rivers.

Fortunately, more and more organisations have emerged in recent years to tackle this problem and organise regular cleanups – usually starting in spring. The beauty of cleanups is that you don’t need more than a rubbish bag, a pair of gloves or a pair of tongs, and maybe a few friends to go out with you. Or you can join a cleanup in your city.

5. Get involved in Sponsorships


Sponsorships are not entirely dissimilar to volunteering activities in the field of education. Often, sponsorship is about learning together and supporting a mentee on their educational journey. But sponsorships can also go beyond that.

How about, for example, sponsoring an elderly person in a senior citizens’ home, where you keep them company and talk to them? Or a sponsorship with newcomers who you support with everyday things to make their arrival in a new city as pleasant as possible?

6. Get involved in Upcycling & Zero Waste projects

Zero Waste

The unnecessary discarding of items and food that are actually still perfectly good is an enormous problem. Mountains of rubbish are becoming bigger and bigger, and the constant production of something new is wasting incredible amounts of resources.

There are now a lot of organisations working in food saving, repair used items or generally raise awareness of Zero Waste.

7. Support Organisations with Donations in Kind

Hand on heart: how many things do you have lying around at home that you don’t really need anymore? Whether it’s clothes, old books, games or tech gadgets – you can give many things that you have almost forgotten a new life. And at the same time, you can make social organisations and other people happy. However, it is important that you always find out beforehand which donations in kind are really needed. In our article on the subject you will find valuable tips and various places for useful donations in kind.

On you can also find specific requests for donations in kind from our social partner organisations, which you can browse through. Maybe you’ll find a way to put a smile on someone else’s face. (You need to be logged in to use this site).

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Your team hopes you have fun finding the right volunteering activity in 2022 for you!

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