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From collecting native plant seeds in Alaska's Denali National Park to digging for fossils in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Geological Survey offers hundreds of volunteer opportunities to those wanting to donate time to natural science.
With events like canine carnivals and a variety of educational programs it's not surprising that more than 25,000 people visit the Wildlife Science Center in Minnesota each year.
Across the country, parks and recreation departments maintain outdoor recreation facilities, run programs and offer classes such as yoga, karate and arts and crafts. With so much going on, it's obvious that these departments need volunteers.
With more than 922,000 acres of wilderness, Olympic National Park in northwestern Washington offers stunning views. It also offers plenty of opportunities to volunteer.
"Experience your America." It's an inviting proposition, isn't it? It's the welcoming slogan of the U.S. National Park Service.
The African Scientific Research Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving African American culture as a legacy for future generations. Want to get involved? You can -- as a volunteer.
You don't need a medical degree to volunteer at a hospital. Sometimes all you need to offer is a smile and some conversation. You'll be brightening someone's day -- and yours in turn.
Before life-saving (or erection-inducing) drugs reach the public, they go through a lengthy and rigorous series of tests to ensure they're safe and effective. What is life like as a human guinea pig?
The government agencies, nonprofit organizations, substance-abuse centers and mental health clinics that provide mental health services are often understaffed and overwhelmed. This is where you come in.
Want to experience the sights, sounds and smells of history? We're not talking about a musty pop-up book about the Civil War. If you've got the time and mettle, volunteer in historical reenactments.
The YMCA -- or Young Men's Christian Association -- is a large nonprofit with international reach and several thousand local branches that rely on the help of volunteers.
About 14 percent of adults in the United States canâ€™t read well enough to understand a newspaper story or fill out a job application. But volunteers across the country are ready to help.
Doctors Without Borders brings highly trained medical personnel to people in need of their expertise. Now, a new organization aims to do the same with scientific minds and resources.
Being a doctor is no easy task -- someone with an M.D. behind his or her name has survived several years of rigorous training and schooling. But only a few sign up to work in a war zone.
Instead of just spending their time in developing countries treating patients, why can't doctors train local medical personnel? That's the idea behind Health Volunteers Overseas.
If there's one thing the developing world (and war-torn countries) need, it's medical supplies -- surgical gloves, needles, heart monitors. So who gets it to them? Project C.U.R.E.
Project HOPE started in an old Navy medical vessel and grew into an international health aid organization that has saved millions of lives and has trained millions more to do the same.
In northwest Florida's health care crisis, Children Volunteer Health Network gets kids the medical attention they need -- with donations and the gener
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.
When you think of the word "club," you might imagine a group you were part of as a child or teen. Rotary Club is one organization that recaptures that spirit in an organization for adults.
Kiwanis Club is an international organization that's based on the Golden Rule. But it's not just a social group for kindness -- the organization aims to improve health and literacy around the world.
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.
The United States has a rich history of volunteerism, beginning in the 1700s with Benjamin Franklin's firefighting squadron. But Herbert Hoover made the first formal effort to organize volunteers.
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.
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