You’ve seen the results from ropes courses, cook-offs and Amazing Race-type events. But for your next meeting, why not consider a different type of team-building exercise: a volunteer service activity that will fulfill your goals and at the same time give back to your host community. Greater Palm Springs offers a number of opportunities for groups to contribute a few hours of time and effort that will make a difference in people’s lives. Here are a few volunteer options to consider:

Desert Arc
Contact: Cheryl L. Curley; (760) 346-1611;
Mission: Enhance the quality of life and create opportunities for people with disabilities 
Volunteer Opportunities: projects such as remodeling/refreshing client and staff areas; creating a garden space; developing and teaching an art project.

Guide Dogs of the Desert
Contact: Patti Wheeler; (760) 413-4442;
Mission: Improve the lives of the blind by creating opportunities for life-changing independence 
Volunteer Opportunities: landscape projects; administrative tasks; painting; bathe or walk dogs

Habitat for Humanity of the Coachella Valley, Inc.
Contact: Tom Scheideman or Tony West; (760) 770-3723;
Mission: Build and repair simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with people in need
Volunteer Opportunities: construction; painting; landscaping (no previous experience required)

For other ideas:

Meet Well, Greater Palm Springs (, a meeting services company founded by Teri L. Allen, CMP that specializes in healthy meetings, social purpose and sustainable meetings throughout the area. Allen provides coordination and facilitation of on-site events such as Build-a-Hand and group-assembly care backpacks; offsite events such as community builds and makeovers; and other types of community give-back programs. Contact:; (760) 898-4033.