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