Looking for volunteer opportunities but clueless about where to begin? Overwhelmed by the amount of options available? Want to make sure you find something that fits your interests, location, and schedule?
Or are you a nonprofit looking to fill those open slots with dedicated and passionate volunteers who will help further your cause?
With new resources surfacing all over the web, it is easier than ever to match volunteers with tailor-made opportunities. Volunteers and nonprofit organizations alike, look no further. Using search filters that account for location, skills, interests, and more, these websites will help you find the perfect volunteers and volunteer opportunities near you today.
A service of Points of Light from the HandsOn Network; individuals can post and spread volunteer opportunities in their local areas. They have a global network of partners and opportunities for volunteering of any type.
International volunteering trips and programs. For those looking for more than just a few hours of volunteer work, this is a perfect opportunity to see the world and do good at the same time.
Skills-based volunteer matching. Gives volunteers the ability to put their professional skills to work in a volunteer setting. Organizations can post listings for types of volunteers needed and review applications submitted by field professionals.
The volunteer arm of AARP. Post and find volunteer opportunities by keywords and distance from a particular zip code. Offers resources for do-it-yourself projects and article to get inspired about volunteering. You can also opt in for monthly newsletters about opportunities in your area.
Provides volunteer opportunities for the entire family. Perfect for finding ongoing meaningful activities for children to learn volunteering as well. Website includes numerous resources for teaching children about kindness, generosity, and service.
Search for a cause you're passionate about, how much time you want to dedicate, and what type of volunteer work you want to do. Includes options such as "donate something," "host an event," "start something," and "take a stand."
Register as a volunteer or nonprofit and rally peers to join your cause. Offers features that can "track, measure, and share your social impact activities." Also includes an online donation platform for nonprofits and a business option to engage your whole corporate team.
Search opportunities for volunteering, taking action, events, and even jobs and internships. One-stop-shop for "idealists" to find any number of opportunities, both short- and long-term.
Search for opportunities by interests, geographic locations, or organization name. Also has a feature that allows you to keep a record of your volunteer activity, as well as a number of nonprofit resources.
Search by cause, organization, location, age group, etc., as well as if you want to contribute local or virtual service. Offers additional resources for volunteer training and engagement, as well as webinars, books, and blogs for nonprofits.
This post was updated from an article by Stefanie Pous originally published in October 2016.