This week, we’ve been talking about volunteering in honor of National Volunteer Week! Whether you found a job through your volunteer opportunity or you’re looking for ways to give back and grow, volunteering is a great way to advance your career, make connections, and make a difference.
If you want to get out and become a volunteer yourself, Idealist is the place to be. There are currently around 14,000 volunteer opportunities on the site and we have a bunch of resources for folks volunteering in the United States and around the world. If you don’t know where to start, try searching by the amount of time you’re willing to donate to a good cause!
One time, for a few hours
If you’ve only got a few hours to spare, don’t worry! You can easily search Idealist for volunteer opportunities that require less time commitment.
- If you’re an artist in the New York area, check out the HALO Foundation. They need volunteers to present their work at upcoming gallery events where all profits go to art therapy for orphans.
- If you’re on the West Coast and more interested in the musical arts, volunteer with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra this weekend at one of three concerts.
- For Idealists with audiovisual skills, the RCS Learning Center in Natick, MA needs a photographer for their annual fundraising event in June, while the Urban Art Retreat Center in Chicago wants a videographer to document the construction of a life sized statue of President Barack Obama this weekend. International volunteers are welcome!
Occasionally, weekly, or monthly
Do you want to volunteer on a more regular basis? Browse our weekly or monthly volunteer opportunities and see what’s available in your area!
- If you’re interested in working with kids, consider being a Writing Coach in San Francisco, help organize a youth Talent Show in Chicago, or become a college prep mentor in the South Bronx.
- If you love teaching but feel more comfortable with adults, volunteer as an ESL Instructor in New Orleans. Finally, if you’re over 50 and reside in California, Experience Corps currently has 22 volunteer opportunities listed for tutors around the Bay Area.
- If you have financial experience, try volunteering with Better Future International in New York City, which works with orphaned kids in Tanzania, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Numbers aren’t your thing? Keep someone company by becoming a Chemo Pal in Portland or help plan events in Washington D.C. with the Young Health Professionals Society.
- Finally, show off your sewing skills in Ohio by creating costumes for the “Building the American Dream” exhibit at the Ohio Historical Society.
Several hours per week (10+ hours/week) and full time (30-40 hours/week)
When weekends and afternoons aren’t enough, you’ll want to start searching for more dedicated volunteer opportunities.
- Habitat for Humanity offers long-term volunteer opportunities all across the United States, and Americorps VISTA programs are always a great place to look for new positions. There are open opportunities in Manchester, New Hampshire and Buffalo, New York, among other places.
- If you’re looking for a summer gig, head to Florida and sign up to be a Summer Reading volunteer with Hope for Miami. Or flex your theatrical muscles as an Assistant Director with the Summer Street Theater Tour in New York City.
- In the South, you can become a crisis responder in Fredericksburg, Virginia or serve as an Advisory Committee member in Atlanta.
Of course, not all volunteer opportunities are in the United States. Idealist has thousands of listings across the world. In Africa alone there are about 1,500 positions. If you need to narrow down the field a bit, take a look at what WorldTeach is offering. They have 24 active volunteer listings from Chile to American Samoa.
Finally, if you don’t know what to do this summer, try applying for one of the most unique positions on Idealist: a volunteer lighthouse keeper.
Enjoy the weekend, and don’t forget to say thank you to a volunteer!