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How the Office of Civilian Defense Worked

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.

How AmeriCorps Works

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.

How VolunteerMatch Works

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 you’d be t

How Volunteers of America Works

Volunteers of America is a trusted and respected organization that's been helping people rebuild their lives for more than 100 years. How can you lend a hand?

How Volunteer Recruitment Works

Whether you're running a political campaign, cleaning up the community or promoting an independent film, volunteerism is a truly awesome tool to have at your disposal.

How Missionaries Work

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.

What is citizen science?

Average citizens are getting involved in the scientific process every day by participating in citizen science, a movement in which volunteers are helping professional scientists collect and analyze data.

How Volunteer Armies Works

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?

How to Volunteer for Missing Persons

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.

How to Volunteer Abroad

As John F. Kennedy once said, "We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world -- or make it the last." Volunteering is a big part of that, here and abroad.

How to Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

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.

How to Become a Volunteer Firefighter

Millions of kids dream of becoming a firefighter when they grow up. If you still have dreams of fighting fires, becoming a volunteer firefighter might be the right path for you.

How Volunteer Lawyers Work

Bankruptcy. Divorce. Eviction. Civil lawsuits. Debt collection. Unfortunately, the times we need professional legal assistance aren't necessarily the times we can afford lawyers.

How Retired Senior Volunteer Programs Work

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.

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.