1. Careers
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Thousands of Volunteer Opportunities Exist

Gaining Experience Through Volunteerism

By

Volunteer group working on new home construction
Paul Burns/Photodisc/Getty Images
Recommendations for Volunteers:

  • Find an organization that matches your personal goals and your personal value system.
  • Attend orientation and training meetings in order to become a successful volunteer.
  • Be a responsible volunteer and take the position seriously (honor your commitments).
  • Maintain a willingness to learn the ropes and gain some experience before expecting to move up in the organization.

Ideas for finding volunteer opportunities in your community:

  • Local organizations such as United Way, Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross, etc.
  • Local churches and synagogues
  • Local government offices
  • Local civic groups such as the Rotary, Kiwanis, Elks, and Lions clubs
  • Local arts centers, community theaters
  • Local food pantries
  • Local domestic violence shelters
  • Local homeless shelters
  • Local daycare centers
  • Mentoring children and adults on health and academic issues
  • Educating children and adults on subjects you’re passionate about
  • Local zoos, animal shelters, conservation groups
  • Local Hospitals, hospices, nursing homes
  • Residential facilities (disabled persons/abused children)
  • Local newspapers, television and radio stations
  • Local schools and libraries
  • Local community and volunteer centers
  • Big Brother Big Sister Programs
  • Local camps for children with life threatening illnesses
  • Engage in activities to improve and protect the environment

Volunteer Match is a good place to start to look for volunteer opportunities in your community and researching local organizations and contacting them directly is another.

National Volunteer Organizations & Opportunities:

International Volunteer Organizations & Opportunities:

The above are just a few of the many organizations that exist for volunteering. For an experience that meets your personal goals and value system, doing a thorough self-assessment first can help identify those opportunities that will best meet your expectations.

Related Video
Seth Godin on opportunities for ad agencies

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.