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How to Apply for a Volunteer Job

If your current career choice feels like a dead end, this guide will allow you explore other options without abandoning that steady income.


  • TIP: Bring a friend along the first time for moral support.
  • Step 1: Talk to the person in charge of the organization about volunteering. It may only require a little paperwork before you're off making the world a better place.
  • FACT: The Peace Corps was founded in 1961 by President Kennedy and has trained over 200,000 volunteers who have served in 139 countries.
  • Step 2: Gravitate toward people who share similar interests, have similar backgrounds, or are around the same age to feel more comfortable volunteering.
  • Step 3: Search online for opportunities or register with Serve Dot Gov, the Peace Corp, or other organizations like Habit for Humanity or the Humane Society.
  • Step 4: Focus on a volunteer job that will meet your intellectual, creative, and emotional needs since your financial needs are being met by your day job.
  • TIP: Don't be afraid to take a chance and try something new--this is your time to shine.
  • Step 5: Make time each week to fulfill your volunteer duties, and be flexible; you may have to sacrifice a weekend or an evening or two.
  • Step 6: Assess your strengths to find the best volunteer job for your skills at places like animal shelters, homeless shelters, or political organizations.

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