Hey, I never thought of donating blood as volunteer work, but what a great way to consider it!
I do that, cannot do the platelet thing.
I work church nursery once a month, and spent much of December helping with our church's HUGE Christmas musical production.
I coach young children in writing. That is a lot of work!
I donate canned goods and foods but I have not served in a food kitchen for a couple of years since my sub job is too erratic to consistently serve. I used to work Angel Food on Saturdays once a month, but they had...leadership financial issues so that was the end of that!
I am a Boy Scout merit badge counselor and served as the Popcorn Kernel this year. Not sure I will do it next year, as I had cases of popcorn for months at my house, and needed spread sheets to organize the boys and money and orders and ugh!! Not my forte.
For a few years, I answered the night shift emergency call at a pregnancy center. Calls were sent to my house so I got to sleep, but I jolted awake each time the phone rang. Everything from rape to possible pregnancy, to DNA test wanted, to jsut counseling...that was hard.
Of course lots of things at school-volunteer receptionist, homeroom mom, decorator, hospitality committee, Mom's prayer, library reader and shelver, lunchroom monitor, lost-and-found sorter, etc...
Almost all of these are close to me, and I do not have to go out of my way to serve. Most of them are just what I do, because, it is what I do! I have never been on a mission trip, or suffered hardship to serve others. Friends of ours are moving to a third world country in Feb. to serve, and we have pledged financial and prayer support, but I feel way too warm and cozy to do that myself.
It is amazing work that people are sharing here, and I thank all of you for your service and dedication and time. It makes the world a better place.
OP- follow your interests and ask around. You may be surprised what you can do!