How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Your Area

There are so many benefits to volunteer service that once you find opportunities in your community, you'll wonder why you didn't get involved sooner.

You will need

  • Interest and skills assesment
  • An understanding of your goals
  • Internet access
  • Phone
  • Time

Step 1 Identify reasons Identify your reasons for volunteering. It could be to learn more about an organization, gain job references, find new perspectives, or pursue other goals.

Step 2 Consider skills Consider the skills you have to share or wish to develop through community service, as well as your personality.

Step 3 Ponder the possibilities Ponder the possibilities among nonprofit organizations, institutions, parks, animal shelters, libraries, senior centers, and political campaigns, which often need an extra hand.

Step 4 Locate a match Locate a match to your motivation, time, and interests with an online search at sites like “volunteermatch.org”:http://www.volunteermatch.org/ or “serve.gov”:http://www.serve.gov/.

Step 5 Locate organizations Locate organizations in your area where you are interested in volunteering in the phone book. Then give them a call to learn what opportunities exist.

Step 6 Make a personal visit Make a personal visit to an organization you would like to serve to learn more about its services and people before committing your time and talent. Now, jump in and take pride in knowing you’re helping to make your community a better place.