If you are going to volunteer, however, consider volunteering with organizations that will teach/allow you to teach the skills that would come in handy during a disaster/survival situation. Organizations you may want to consider include:
- The Red Cross
- Search and Rescue (Google your local town/county search and rescue)
- Department of Emergency Management (Google your local town/county emergency management)
- Master Gardeners
- Your local Volksmarch organization
- Your local HAM/RACES/ARES organization
- Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts
- Habitat for Humanity
- Be a volunteer firefighter (ask about this at your local fire station)
- National medical organizations: Doctors Without Borders, Mercy Corps, CMRT, etc.
- Your local shooting range (local ranges can often use volunteers and as an added benefit you usually get free range time)
- Volunteer Match (see what other volunteer opportunities are available in your area)
- Volunteer.gov (for even more volunteer opportunities)
- Local sports clubs (biking, hiking, backpacking, soccer, et al. These clubs usually need volunteers and by participating in the sport you can stay in good physical condition)
These are just a few of the organizations that provide important services to their community and can provide you a good opportunity to learn health/fitness/survival skills. You may also want to consider the Peace Corps, tutoring at your local school, helping out at one of the myriad non-profits in your community, volunteering at your local county fair, etc.