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Volunteer for Charity, Why Not?

charityImagine being able to do what you love, get valuable experience, and make a difference in your community at the same time. You can do all of these things by volunteering to decorate interiors for charity. While opportunities will vary from one community to another, here are some possibilities:

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an international non-profit organization dedicated to helping people have “decent, affordable houses.” In each Habitat for Humanity community, groups of volunteers build houses from the ground up. (More than 100,000 homes have been built so far.) The houses are then sold to needy families at no profit, through no-interest loans.

Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers to work in all areas of home construction, including the interior. This could be an opportunity to meet people and learn more about how new homes are constructed, as well as get decorating experience. Even Martha Stewart and Rosie O’Donnell have decorated a Habitat home.

(They teamed up to decorate the home’s interior in a “who’s the craftiest of them all” contest against This Old House host Norm Abram and talk show host Sally Jesse Raphael who helped build the exterior.)

Home Raffles

Some communities have fund-raisers in which a house is raffled off (usually for $100 per ticket) to raise money for a local charity. Home raffles may be promoted through flyers delivered door-to-door, newspaper or television advertising, booths in shopping malls, etc. If you hear about a home raffle, you could call the organizer and volunteer to help decorate the interior.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

In every community there are scores of charitable organizations that need volunteers. When you find a cause you believe in, see if there is any opportunity to volunteer your decorating services. If your timing is right, you might end up with the chance to decorate the organization’s offices.

Even if they don’t need an office decorator, you could volunteer to be the decorator for special events. You won’t have much of a budget to work with (if any) but the experience can be valuable in many ways.

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