- 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.