Top 20 Volunteering Web-Sites

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Question: Where do I find volunteer openings?

Answer: The post includes the following topics:

  • Top 20 Volunteering Web-Sites
  • Where to find volunteering in your community
  • Advantages of volunteering for your career
  • How to get started to become a volunteer

Top 20 Volunteering Web-Sites

  1. Volunteer Match: Various opportunities all over America:
  2. United Way: one of the largest national organizations in the U.S.
  3. National and Community Service
  4. Taproot Foundation, Catchfire: Matching skilled volunteers and opportunities:
  5. Idealist: Social entrepreneur opportunities:
  6. National parks volunteering
  7. Habitat for Humanity homelessness and low-income
  8. YMCA children and youth
  9. American Red Cross helping during national disasters
  10. USA: government and public service
  11. Serve.gov government and public service
  12. PeaceCorps.gov – serving abroad (education, health, environment and more)
  13. CitizenCorps.gov – free training in first aid and emergency skills, supporting local emergency responders and disaster relief efforts.
  14. NationalService.gov – offers grants for volunteering (AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and the Social Innovation Fund)
  15. Volunteer.gov: volunteer in American’s public lands, including national parks.
  16. Volunteer.VA.gov: Veterans Affairs (VA) facility in your area.
  17. Federal Election Volunteers: assist election officials in your state.
  18. Natural Resources Conservation: environmental (water conservation, wildlife habitat, etc)
  19. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Volunteers take part in research, observation and educational roles that benefit science and the planet.
  20. DREAM: Youth Volunteering

 

Volunteering in Your Community

  • Hospitals
  • Animal rescue shelters
  • Homeless shelters
  • Colleges, schools, and universities
  • Soup kitchens, food banks
  • Non-profit boards and city boards
  • Libraries
  • Art museums
  • Retirement homes
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Community Churches
  • Political Campaigns

Advantages of Volunteering for your career growth:

  • You will improve your English skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking)
  • You will gain sector work experience and learn relevant work skills
  • You will build professional connections and acquire job references
  • You can use volunteering title as a resume plug-in
  • You will become an insider and build a reputation in the organization

 

How to get started as a Volunteer

  1. Set your career goal:
    • Decide what do you want to accomplish by volunteering
    • Write your goals down.
  2. Determine your availability and service preferences:
    • Decide on availability: # of hours weekly/monthly you will volunteer
    • Decide which cause you want to support
    • Call 211 to learn about local programs and talk to someone about options
  3. Gather Information- do the Research
    • Use Google to find and research non-profits near your home
    • Select top three that connect with your calling
    • Talk to your friends, relatives, ask for an introduction
  4. Start the volunteer application process
    • Go to the non-profit website and apply online
    • Visit a local office and meet Volunteering Coordinator
    • Ask about their application process and requirements

Conclusion:

Whether you are making a meal for homeless folks, knitting hats for newborns, or serve in a cancer center, volunteering can boost your employment opportunities dramatically. I would suggest volunteer every single time you are unemployed and unsure of what of doing next or need more information about any new sector, organization or a new occupation.

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