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Be the Gift: A Guide to Volunteering in the White Mountains

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The warm communities and stunning vistas of the White Mountains make you want to give something back. The holidays and the start of the new year are a great time to get involved. There are many ways for you to be part of something larger and give back to the White Mountains communities.

Photo Courtesy of guidestar.org

Photo Courtesy of guidestar.org

Influence youth by becoming a volunteer with the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. Volunteers can become guest speakers at troop meetings, help with troop leadership and cookie sales, and get involved in political action in the area. There are even opportunities to travel with the troops. You do not need to be a parent to get involved; all that is required is a sincere interest in being a positive role model for local girls.

The White Mountain National Forest service offers a number of volunteer opportunities for outdoorsy types. There is an ongoing need for people to answer visitor questions and handle phone calls. Help share the wonders of this area with travelers who come to visit. Treat yourself to a stay in one of the NH hotels if you travel to the forest to lend a hand.

If you are a skilled hiker or climber, the Mountain Rescue Service can use your talents. The MRS is on-call every day of the year to help visitors who need assistance. Volunteers are required for actions that include swift water rescues, lift evacuations at area ski resorts and rescues in the mountains’ many rock climbing cliffs.

Keep the volunteering spirit alive all year by volunteering to repair the parts of the Appalachian Trail that wind through the White Mountains. There is a need for people to cut back brush, clear drainage ditches, build rock stairs and more. Volunteer opportunities are flexible. You can spend an hour helping out when you have time available, or, bond with other volunteers on three-day trail repair journeys. There are even long-term Adopt a Trail programs that allow you to commit to a section of the trail for months at a time.

The natural beauty and tight-knit communities of the White Mountains are enhanced by the volunteers who contribute to them. Make a commitment this holiday season to lend a hand. You will make the region a better place for all who live here, and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you have worked for the greater good.

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