We all have a vested interest in keeping our community safe and clean, however if cleaning up the park isn't your cup of tea, there are countless other services you can provide to an organization in need. Whatever gift you have been blessed with I guarantee there is an organization that can benefit from your expertise.
The organization Greater DC Cares http://www.greaterdccares.org has a database of volunteer projects that you can search by interest/impact area. Animals, elderly, kid-friendly, eco-based, education...you name it, they have a service opportunity for it!
Here's a project in our community this weekend: Make A Difference Day at JC Nalle Elementary School located at 219 50th Street SE, Washington, DC 20019. They still need volunteers so if you have a few free hours please sign up!
Something to think about..."According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about a quarter of the population aged 16 and older volunteered in 2009. Persons who volunteer are most often Caucasian, female, college educated, and between the ages of 35 and 55."
Thanks to the community service requirement imposed by my daughter's school I've rediscovered the joys of volunteering. Even though this is something we have to do, I must say I've been enjoying it! Doing a little bit of something beats doing nothing any day!