Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities exist everywhere and finding the right volunteer opportunity for you can make all the difference. Check out these articles from HowStuffWorks to learn about some interesting volunteer opportunities.


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How to Become a Hospice Volunteer

Every year, millions of Americans die from illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. And every year, roughly 400,000 hospice volunteers help many of these people through their last few months of life.

How to Become a White House Volunteer

Volunteering at the White House is a privilege and an honor. But you can't just walk up to the front gate and ask for an application to volunteer.

How Volunteering on Christmas Works

One good thing about Christmas is that it gets many of us thinking about others and how we can help those in need. It's a nice break from getting accosted by fruitcake, cheese balls and candy canes at every turn.

How to Become a Volunteer Military Officer

To become an officer of the U.S. Military, you have to volunteer for the job. But that's not to say you won't get paid for your time. In fact, the compensation and benefits for an officer are very competitive.

How Volunteer Opportunities for Kids Work

Volunteering isn't just for adults -- it gives kids valuable work experience, introduces them to new people and provides them with a sense of pride in their work.

How to Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

Every day, millions of Americans go hungry. With the economy at its worst since the Great Depression, more and more Americans across the country are forced to find food at local soup kitchens.

How to Volunteer for Search and Rescue

Volunteer search and rescue teams can be integral to the survival of stranded victims and locating missing persons. Do you have the skills necessary to become a search and rescue volunteer?

How Volunteer Police Work

If you're interested in taking your curiosity about "CSI" and criminal justice to the next level, you don't have to make a complete career change. You can volunteer at your local police station.

How to Volunteer for Being a Foster Parent

For many people, having children is the dream of a lifetime. Sadly, not everyone can get that wish. Becoming a foster parent is a wonderful way to have the child or children you are looking for while helping people in need.

How Volunteer Work for Teens Works

Volunteer work may not make you rich, but it pays you back in so many ways. And teens can get in on the action, too - volunteering looks great on college applications and also lays a foundation for a lifetime of giving.

How Volunteer EMTs Work

Working as a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT) can be rewarding and exhilarating. Not only do you get to help people in need, but you also get to give back to your community.

How to Volunteer for Help Hotlines

Difficult times come to most everyone, and in many cases -- whether you know it or not -- a hotline is standing by to help.

How to Volunteer to Help Children

On a daily basis, children are forced to live in poverty, violence and abusive situations -- and it's taking place in alarming numbers. Some of the most valuable volunteers give only their time and attention to children in need, and you can too.

How to Volunteer for the Salvation Army

Hear the words "Salvation Army" and you'll likely imagine a person standing outside a local store with a bell and a bright red bucket. The bell is to get your attention. The bucket is to receive your donation. But where does that money go?

How to Volunteer to Teach English

Take out a world map. Pin it to the wall. Throw a dart. That's where you can volunteer to teach English: anywhere you want. Any country, any continent.

How to Volunteer to Help the Environment

It's easy to get bystander syndrome about the environment and imagine someone else will "take care of it." But the truth of the matter is, if the citizens of Earth don't start taking care of the planet today, it might soon be too late.

How Family Volunteer Opportunities Work

Volunteering as a family is a (nearly) free way to feed your craving for quality family time, while also contributing to your local community. It's a win-win situation not only for your family, but for the families you help as well.