Opportunity Spotlight: National Volunteer Week

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Photo credit: lev radin, Shutterstock

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.
  • 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!

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.

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!

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I'm a Community Manager at Idealist, and I'm originally from Connecticut. I started working at Idealist four years ago after jumping around from NYC, Alaska, Argentina, and back to NYC. I love helping people use Idealist seeing the range of nonprofits that exist in the world! I like to travel, brew beer, cook, and play hockey. I should probably live in Portland, but for now I'm in New York.
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