Monday, June 28, 2010

Find Volunteer Opportunities Online

Summer is a great time to give back by volunteering.  There are countless organizations seeking help, and you can find the perfect organization for your interests and skills by searching online.  Here are four sites to get you started:

 Volunteer Match – This site posts a wide variety of volunteer activities from other organizations.  You can easily search their database by inputting your zip code and narrow your results with some nice advanced search features.   You can even look for virtual opportuntities that let you save the world from the comfort of your keyboard.

All For Good – With Facebook and Google integration, All for Good makes it easy to share your volunteer activities with friends and get updates of new opportunities nearby.  Volunteer events are shown on a map, and the interface is rather simple.  However, this means the only advanced search option is the ability to add a keyword.

Idealist – Idealist is a great place for to find volunteer opportunities.  It has similar advanced search features to Volunteer Match, but with a wider range of non-profits listing on the site.  Also, Idealist provides information on internships and jobs in the non-profit sector.

Servenet – Though the site says it’s still in beta, Servenet  is another useful tool to use.  In addition to finding volunteer opportunities, you can also connect with likeminded individuals in the communities section.  You can also look for grants for your own project ideas, read about service updates, and view a calendar of major charity events and conferences.

1 comment:

  1. I never would have thought to look online for volunteer opportunity. Thank you for the help. I'm always looking for something that will be meaningful and helpful.