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How to Find the Perfect Volunteer Opportunities

Here are five sites to help you find the perfect volunteer opportunities:

1. Createthegood.org
A product of AARP, Create the Good works to connect willing volunteers to opportunities with flexible time commitments and varying degrees of need. One unique feature of this site is the “Do-It-Yourself Project Guidelines” page, which empowers individuals to create changes in their own communities through articles like “Easy Ways to Help Others Go Green” or “How to Hold A Used Book Sale.” Search for volunteer opportunities by keyword, zip code or distance from your home.

2. Volunteermatch.org
With nearly 10 million volunteer connections since their beginnings in 1998, VolunteerMatch has a great system for pairing you with a cause that you care about, with operations in most major cities in the United States. They also host webinars for both nonprofits and volunteers eager to learn more about the world of volunteering and community engagement.

3. Volunteennation.org
Geared specifically towards teenagers looking to do some good in their communities, this site is a great resource for 12- to 18-year-olds to engage in service. Volunteen Nation believes “volunteering can cultivate the empathy necessary to address social injustices and heal divisions within communities.”

4. HandsOnNetwork.org
A product of Points of Light and Hands On Network, this database serves to help individuals, groups and corporations find meaningful and mutually beneficial volunteer opportunities. HandsonNetwork Affiliate Action Centers serve particularly when natural disasters strike to help mobilize individuals in effective ways.

5. Idealist.org
Idealist.org is a great resource for finding volunteer opportunities as well as internships, jobs and events. Search by keyword, city or passion in this easy-to-use interface. Idealist “helps people move from intention to action” all over the world, with both national and global opportunities.

Liz Vestal

Sources: Create the Good, Volunteer Match, Volunteennation, Hands On Network, Idealist
Photo: Create the Good