Helpful Volunteer Websites

Online Volunteer Matching Sites

  • SmartVolunteer – SmartVolunteer’s mission is to connect skilled professionals with volunteer opportunities that utilize their professional expertise. At the same time, SmartVolunteer matches nonprofits and charities with the individuals necessary to fill the critical needs of their organization.
  • All For Good –  All for Good’s mission is to facilitate volunteerism and community service. To meet that goal, we have developed a custom volunteer opportunity oriented search engine that is powered by the largest database of volunteer opportunities on the Internet. Our database of volunteer opportunities includes those from our many prominent non-profit partners as well as those provided directly to us by smaller, grass roots based organizations.
  • VolunteerMatch – VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
  • Idealist.org – Idealist connects people, organizations, and resources to help build a world where all people can live free and dignified lives. We connect people to jobs and internships in the non-profit sector as well as volunteer opportunities.
  • http://www.catchafire.org/ –  Catchafire matches professionals who want to give their skills with nonprofits and social enterprises that need their help. We match professionals and organizations based on a variety of characteristics including skills, cause interests, and time availability.

General Volunteering Resources:

  • Points of Light Foundation –  As the world’s leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan legacy, Points of Light connects people to their power to create positive change and address the critical needs of our communities.
  • United Nations Millennium Development Goals: www.un.org/millenniumgoals – The eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme poverty rates to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest. From this site, explore the efforts of the UN and its partners for building a better world.

U.S. Government-Sponsored Volunteer Programs

  • Corporation for National and Community Service – Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund — and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.
  • Serve.gov (Portal for the Corporation for National and Community Service and its campaign, ‘United We Serve,’ to get Americans to volunteer and engage in national service.)
  • Peace Corps –  Peace Corps is an independent U.S. government agency that provides trained Volunteers for countries requesting assistance around the world. The agency traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then-Sen. John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries.
  • AmeriCorps –  AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country.
  • Senior Corps – Senior Corps connects today’s 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. We help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability.
  • Volunteer.gov/gov (Find volunteer opportunities with America’s Natural and Cultural Resources) – The Portal is a first-of-its-kind service that provides applicants with all that they need to find a volunteer opportunity, and serves to help them make the best match possible between their personal requirements and their choice of volunteer work throughout America’s vast land base and expansive resources. The Portal is a free, fast, and efficient way to connect volunteers with natural and cultural resources agencies.
  • CitizenCorps  – The mission of Citizen Corps is to harness the power of every individual through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.

International Volunteer Opportunities

  • Global Volunteer Network –  Our vision is to connect people with communities in need, with a particular focus on vulnerable women and children. We do this by supporting the work of local community organizations in countries through the placement of international volunteers.
  • United Nations Volunteers – The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme contributes to peace and development through volunteerism. UNV is inspired by the conviction that volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and by the idea that everyone can contribute their time and energy towards peace and development. With partners, UNV advocates for volunteerism, integrates volunteerism into development planning and mobilizes volunteers. The enormous potential of volunteerism is an inspiration to UNV and to volunteers around the world.
  • World Volunteer Web – The World Volunteer Web supports the volunteer community by serving as a global clearinghouse for information and resources linked to volunteerism that can be used for campaigning, advocacy and networking. It is an online hub where the community can meet, share resources and coordinate activities to mobilize volunteer action in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
  • Global Impact – Global Impact raises funds to meet critical humanitarian needs around the world. As a leader in international philanthropy for more than half a century, we work with a broad network of private and public sector partners to provide food, shelter, medical care, job skills and education to the people who need it most.

For Youth and Teens:

  • Global Citizens Corps: www.globalcitizencorps.org – Global Citizen Corps inspires and equips an expanding international network of young leaders to take informed actions to build secure, productive and just communities around the world.
  • Global Youth Action Network: www.youthlink.org – GYAN is one of the largest networks of youth organizations ever created. GYAN acts as an incubator of global partnerships and a global information provider. The Network is known for its role in increasing youth participation within the United Nations System.
  • Global Youth Service Day: http://www.gysd.org/ –  Global Youth Service Day celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service. Established in 1988, Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world, and the only day of service dedicated to children and youth.
  • Prudential Spirit Awards: www.spirit.prudential.com – The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is also conducted in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Ireland, and India, where Prudential has significant business operations.
  • Taking IT Global: www.tigweb.org – We use the power of online community to facilitate global education, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide. Founded in 1999, our award-winning www.tigweb.org is the leading social network for global citizenship, bringing together over 400,000 members with more than 22,000 non-profit organizations across 13 languages.
  • Youth Venture: www.genv.net – Youth Venture inspires and supports teams of young people to launch and lead their own “Ventures” – community-benefiting initiatives, clubs, organizations and businesses. Teams access workshops, adult allies (non-controlling adult team advisors), a global network of like-minded young changemakers, and fundraising tools to establish their own Ventures that solve problems around them.