The trendy new date that makes a difference.
Looking for the perfect winter date? It's not at a cozy bar or out on the ice skating rink. According to HowAboutWe, an experience-driven dating site, volunteer dates get a higher-than-average response rate — and they're much more popular in the colder months.
See some of the most popular cities to volunteer-date and find out how you can get to know someone new while lending a helping hand.
Here, in Michigan's largest city, volunteering is twice as popular than the national average. Take advantage of the trendy activity in Motor City by volunteering at Gleaners Community Food Bank. With one in 5 people in Michigan being at risk of hunger, Gleaners provides almost 100,000 meals per day. Spend the afternoon helping feeding the hungry by packing and sorting food.
This southern city has a lot to offer, from major sporting events to traditional southern food. But there's plenty of ways to give back to the city too. The Atlanta Community Food Bank's Community Gardens project offers assistance to more than 100 new and existing gardens across the city. Get to know your date by spending some time helping out at a garden where you can assist in land clearing, soil preparation, planting, weeding and harvesting.
3. Los Angeles
L.A. isn't all glitz and glam. With about 100 kids in need living at Union Rescue Mission, the organization offers a chance to connect with the children at the gym. Get active with your new date and make new friends over a game of basketball, jump rope or freeze tag.
4. New York City
According to HowAboutWe, New York singles are most likely to donate their time through New York Cares. The options are endless for helping out on any given day in each borough, and especially with devastation from Hurricane Sandy, there's a lot of cleanup work to be done.
5. Las Vegas
Animal lovers? Meet your date at the Las Vegas Valley Humane Society where you can help abandoned, abused and lost four-legged friends by delivering food, dog walking and transporting them to the vet.
Have you ever done a volunteer date? What did you do?
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