Ideas for how to get involved with the community this spring.

Spring in Minnesota is a beautiful time—not only does the landscape come to life, but more people are out and about, ready to enjoy warmer weather.

To celebrate a season of new beginnings, try getting involved in a community-focused effort like:

Caring for a public space

Contact the Minneapolis, St. Paul or your local parks department about volunteer opportunities to help spruce up community parks and gardens.

Gathering a group

Keep things informal and invite your neighbors to join you in:

  • Picking up trash on your block, at a local playground or on a community trail
  • Donating time to do post-winter yard cleanup for older people—get started with these lawn care tips and outdoor safety tips

Lend a hand as a volunteer

Maybe you’re ready to make an ongoing commitment as a volunteer, or maybe you’re looking to sign up for a single event. In either case, the YMCA has plenty of opportunities to help you get involved in volunteering.

If you need help finding a cause that you want to support with your time, check out Hands On Twin Cities.

Make the most of your spring cleaning

After cleaning out the cobwebs indoors, organize a neighborhood book drive in your yard or garage—just keep it outdoors so you’re easily visible. In addition to what you’ve determined to donate, friends and family can multiply your efforts in giving to:

This same idea could be used for things other than books, too—just depends on where you want to focus your efforts, and what you have to donate.