While it wasn't their explicit mission, ladies' aid societies gave women a leg up in the struggle for equal rights. And you could say their platform was squeaky clean: It was all about sanitation and good health.
Donating money or volunteering for distant, unfamiliar organizations can make you feel a bit detached from your charitable intentions. A great way to get directly involved is to join your local United Way.
Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill., Lions Clubs International has a simple motto: "We serve." Today it's one of the worldâ€™s largest service organizations, with 1.3 million members in more than 200 countries including China, Ethiopia and Iraq.
In FDR's first 100 days, he created the Civilian Conservation Corps. This program gave young men a work ethic and a paycheck while bolstering the economy and infrastructure, as well as combating crime and illiteracy.
After witnessing German Luftwaffe bombers' terrible effect on London, President Roosevelt decided America needed extra protection at home. The Office of the Civilian Defense was one of the biggest wartime volunteer efforts.
Joining the Peace Corps has always seemed like a dream opportunity -- except that you wish you could serve in the U.S. instead of another country. Well, your wish could come true -- as an AmeriCorps volunteer.
Gone are the days of scouring church newsletters and community bulletin boards. Today, finding volunteer work is a lot like trying to find a love interest online -- complete with profiles that include pictures, testimonials and reasons why youâ€™d be t
Missionary work in the 19th century struggled to reconcile colonialism and Christianity. Today, missionaries provide as much aid as they do religious guidance -- and they represent more religions, too.
The evolution of warfare has closely shadowed the technological ascent of man. Some sort of army or similar notion has marched side by side with us across the millennia. But how do you fill an army's ranks?
On any given day, there are 100,000 active missing persons cases in the United States, with 52 percent of those cases involving children under the age of 18. The statistics are enough to make anyone want to do something about it.
Most people dread doing their taxes -- it's right up there with getting a root canal. But if you don't see what all the dreaded fuss of preparing taxes is about, you may be the perfect person to volunteer income tax assistance.
You're retired and ready to enjoy your leisure time. There's only one problem -- you have a little too much leisure time. If you're finding retirement a bit boring, you may want to consider becoming a 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.