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Volunteering Opportunities

Face it: There are thousands of nonprofit organizations in the United States alone. And every one of them needs help. Whatever time you can give makes a difference -- no effort is too small. The key is finding the organization that fits your interests. The following sites should help with your search.

General Resources

These online agencies match potential volunteers with opportunities in your zip code.

  • USAService.org
    Web site launched by the Obama Administration that allows volunteers to sign up and receive e-mail updates about area service projects or search for events by state or zip code.

  • VolunteerMatch
    Choose opportunities by location and time commitment.

  • Idealist.org
    With thousands of volunteer opportunities listed, you're sure to find one that suits you.

  • SERVEnet
    Enter your zip code and get information about volunteer opportunities in your area.

National Organizations

These nonprofits have chapters across the country.

  • Points of Light & Hands on Network
    This network of community service has "370 civic hubs manag[ing] millions of volunteers and 50,000 volunteer-driven community impact projects annually around the country."




  • The Salvation Army
    This well-known institution works with a wide range of social, medical, educational and community services.

  • Habitat for Humanity International
    Habitat can always use workers and donated supplies. The organization builds houses throughout the U.S. and around the world.

  • Americorps
    This federally sponsored program is a year-long volunteer experience. You can help build new homes, teach children and respond to natural disasters. Most volunteers are placed with established organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.

  • American Red Cross
    Volunteers respond to emergency situations, donate blood, teach first aid courses and much more.

International Organizations

If you prefer foreign outreach, check out these sites. See GiveSpot's International Volunteers page for more options.

Just for Kids and Teens

Adults aren't the only ones who can volunteer. Some organizations were established especially for young philanthropists.

  • Kids Care
    Kids Care Clubs seek to empower children so they become contributing members of their community.

  • Key Club
    High schools across the country host branches of this community service club. If your school doesn't have a chapter, learn how to Start a Key Club.

  • Do Something
    This online community hopes to inspire kids and teens to make a difference in their communities. Learn how to start a Do Something Club at your school and get volunteering ideas.

  • Kids Can Make a Difference
    To learn more about the important role young volunteers play, read this newsletter.






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