Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world.
– John F. Kennedy
Today, volunteering is hipper than ever. President Barrack Obama has called on the nation to serve much as John F. Kennedy did two generations ago.
There are volunteer opportunities for every interest. You can work to protect the environment by cleaning up a beach by the ocean or a local lake. There, you will meet other people who are interested in saving the planet and providing a clean environment for all to enjoy. Much of the work will involve physical labor and you will have the chance to interact with like minded people while doing good. Afterwards, how about a date at a certified green restaurant such as Silvergreen’s in Santa Barbara, CA or Boloco in Boston, MA?
If you care about international development, you can volunteer for a short term overseas assignment with other like minded people. The Foundation for Sustainable Development located in San Francisco, CA puts together opportunities for 4 or more weeks. If you meet your soul mate on such a trip, you can always go out on a date at a fair trade coffee house afterward.
Habitat for Humanity allows you to work on projects closer to home. A group of people commits to building one or more homes for low income families. Sweating all day in the sun with power tools inevitably brings people closer together. Whether you go out as a group afterward or just invite a particular person out, the bond between a group that has built a home from the foundation up is very strong.
If you feel a call to service, your passion for the cause can be a great introduction to someone who feels the same way you do. When you give back to the community, you will always get something in return. Perhaps this time, what you get back is a new love.