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.
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.
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.
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.
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.