"You don't need a particular skill to go out and help somebody else. Once you do that, you get into a world you never knew existed, and you just keep on going," she said.
Communities benefit from service, but so do those doing the work.
Ed Self, executive director of Wildlands Restoration Volunteers in Boulder, which conducted a 2011 Day of Service tree reseeding project, said volunteers reported a variety of benefits.
"Those include the satisfaction and empowerment of helping to care for public lands, the opportunity to learn practical leadership skills, making friends, getting outdoors in beautiful places for good exercise and much more," he said.
Additional resources to find a Day of Service project include:
Serve Colorado, 303-866-6426
Corporation for National and Community Service, 202-606-5000
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Cynthia Pasquale is a writer living in Denver.