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has a long tradition of volunteer work and it is
therefore, relatively easy to find a good cause, to which
you can devote your effort. Volunteer programs cannot
replace government efforts, but they can make a
difference in many social areas. Much of what in Europe
is done through government programs, is here, in the USA,
done by volunteer work. Just reflect on the following:
55% of adult Americans volunteer in some
form, that is about 105 million adults.
contribute about $225 billion to the economy.
That is based on an average of 3.5 hours per week
a volunteer spends for the issue he/she supports.
60% of teenagers volunteer for causes.
Although, that includes participation in bands
and other forms or entertainment which would not
be called volunteering in other parts of the
world. But still, it is a large number that shows
the public spirit.
many reasons why people volunteer. Some do it
because they want to give something back to the
community, others because it is a form of
networking, others to overcome loneliness or
other forms of social isolation. Almost everyone
is getting something measurable out of
volunteering: The people for whom you volunteer
and the volunteer him or herself.
you look for a Volunteer job, ask yourself a
few questions about your own motivations:
is my health? Do I have any relevant
skills and abilities do I bring to the
kind of financial resources do I have to
allocate to my volunteer work? Remember, you
might have to travel to a place, etc.
volunteer experience can I offer?
offer other resources such as computer
access, networking,office space, car usage and
much time and effort do I want to devote
to volunteer activities?
Once you have decided on these issues, you
can go further.That is, selecting what you would like to
do and asking yourself how it will affect you:
want to work as someone who implements
programs, develops programs,
or do you want to manage a process
or only work at the board level?
like to work directly with individuals,
within small or medium sized institutions,
or with nationwide and international
like to work locally, regionally, nationwide or globally?
of work touches you directly.
how does it affect your values and sense
of mission and how will you focus on
When you have determined all these issues,
you can start to search for a voluntary job. Some local
areas where you can look for volunteer jobs are show
below. Some of them might not be that attractive, but
volunteer work is supposed work to help someone else,
unconditionally and without reservation!
Local Volunteer Opportunities
Hospitals and churches
Schools and Libraries
and Art Galleries
Commercial Day Care Centers
Sponsored Soup Kitchens
and Student Organizations
Choirs and Bands
and Public Parks
for Battered Women and Children
Other volunteer jobs can be found in some
or the organizations shown below. Some of these are
obviously a considerable challenge. There is a wide
variety of jobs available and each site specializes in
different types of volunteer jobs.
|Name and Website
|What it is and how to
|What it does:
1201 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20525
Tel.: (202) 606-5000
TTY: (202) 606-3472
1993 by President Clinton and incorporating VISTA
and NCCC founded by President Johnson in 1964
on how to join a specific program or project or
how to sponsor a project is on the web site
- Tutor and mentor
- Fight illiteracy
- Improve health services
- Build affordable housing
- Teach computer skills
- Clean parks and streams
- Manage or operate
- Help communities respond to
- Build organizational
is the unique website revolutionizing the way
nonprofit boards and new leaders find each other.
individuals who would volunteer for board
positions in Charities and volunteer networks
with the needs of charities and volunteer
|This is a national
database of volunteer opportunities powered by
a volunteer management system for non-profits. Search
today to find a place to
volunteer or help in your local community.
volunteers with organizations and volunteer
opportunities in your state. It has virtually thousands
of volunteer opportunities and jobs available
database where you can find local
charities and volunteer projects. Just
enter your zip code and you will be
redirected to a list of projects in your
United Nations Volunteers
P.O.Box 260 111
Tel: +49-228-815 2000
Fax: +49-228-815 2001
Nations Volunteers (UNV)
programme contributes to peace and development
|To find out
about opportunities to work as a UNV volunteer,
please first read the 'Becoming
a UNV volunteer' page
|The USO is
a private, nonprofit organization whose mission
is to support the troops by providing morale,
welfare and recreation-type services to our men
and women in uniform.
|To find out
how you can join the USO's corps of volunteers,
please refer to our locations
directory to contact
the center nearest you.
is the most comprehensive
clearinghouse of volunteer opportunities ever
created. You can enter geographic information
about where you want to get involved, such as
state or zip code, and areas of interest ranging
from education to the environment, to access
volunteer opportunities offered by a range of
partner organizations across the country or
around the world
volunteer jobs and opportunities
founded by philanthropists Geoffrey
T. Boisi and Raymond
G. Chambers in 1990. Mentoring is a structured
and trusting relationship that brings young
people together with caring individuals who offer
guidance, support and encouragement aimed at
developing the competence and character of the
start and design your own program in your area.
the site tells you how to do this
Corps connects todays over
55s with the people and organizations that need
them most. We help them become mentors, coaches
or companions to people in need, or contribute
their job skills and expertise to community
projects and organizations
programs such as the Foster Grandparents Program
or the Senior Companion Programs and many others
teenagers in Belize. Launching an Armenian
computer center. Promoting HIV/AIDS awareness in
Malawi. Teaching chemistry in a Ghanaian high
as a Peace Corps Volunteer means 27 months of
hard work. It takes determination, flexibility,
patience, and a sense of humor.
A useful source for volunteer jobs are
always libraries, churches and local sports clubs. Check
with them and see whether they have anything to offer.
You should always submit a full tailor-made resume if you
apply to any of these jobs.
They deal with a whole host of issues, especially, when you consider doing voluteer work abroad.
If you have any specific suggestions, send us an e-mail.