Summertime is a great time to give back- why not? So much of summer is spent lounging, BBQing, vacationing- why not get up and do something good for a charity, a non-profit or Mother Earth? Check out our list of events that will get you out-and-about and doing some good in your community. Don’t see your city? Head to eventful.com for more ways to get involved.

San Diego, CA

Coming up on July 14th, join the San Diego Blood Bank 5K Walk/Run. Did you know that every three seconds someone needs blood? If you are squeamish about donating but still want to help out, this race is for you. A 5k is a good challenge for beginners and it benefits the San Diego Blood Bank. Win-win!

Miami, FL

Are you ready for a fundraiser in typical Miami style? If so, come out to the Miami Model Citizens’ Divas for Doggies swimwear fashion show this Saturday night, June 29th, at the Shore Club. Models will be strutting their stuff in the latest swimwear, and what makes this bikini fashion show unique is that Divas for Doggies helps support Paws4You Rescue in their effort to raise funds for a much-needed new Miami pet shelter.

St. Louis, MO area

Curious about the Zumba craze? What better way to try it out than at the Zumba Fitness Happy Hour on Saturday, August 24th, benefiting The Ronald McDonald House Charities. The RMDH is a charity we support, as we have cooked and served dinner at our local house twice- but never have we Zumba’d for them! There will be two sessions, followed by happy hour, a silent auction and more festivities. All proceeds to go to The RMDH charities.

Dallas, TX area

Try your luck at becoming a dodgeball master at the Pieces of the Puzzle Charity Dodgeball Tournament in Lewisville on July 10th. Round up a team of five, or brave it alone and sign up on your own. All proceeds go towards assisting low income families with back to school needs. This year’s goal is to help 25 Dallas-area K-12 students with uniform and supply costs.

New York, NY

Want to help out all summer long? Ok, not every day per se, but if you want to contribute a couple hours every week, why not start ASAP! From 6pm-8pm, every Tuesday until September 24th, join the Green Team at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. The Green Team is a dedicated group of volunteers who provide essential care to the park- including planting, mulching, and removal of invasive plants. Get a green thumb yourself and learn about gardening while keeping the park in tip- top shape.