Local, National, and Overseas Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer work can be extremely rewarding. Volunteers are given the unique opportunity to develop their leadership, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills. They will also obtain a sense of personal fulfillment and accomplishment in making a positive contribution to the lives of others.
Volunteerism Is on the Rise
A growing number of people are donating their time to assist others in need.
According to a 2018 Volunteering in America report by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), 30.3% of U.S. adults volunteered through organizations. This equates to approximately 6.9 billion volunteer hours, valued at $167 billion. In addition, millions of others indicated they volunteered informally by supporting friends and family (43.1%) or doing favors for neighbors (51.4%).
In addition, in a 2016 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 60 million Americans volunteered in 2015, giving an estimated $184 billion in service to their communities. The survey found that the largest group of volunteers were adults age 35 to 54.
There are many opportunities available for those interested in volunteering. Local communities, as well as national and international organizations, offer volunteer programs to people worldwide.
The Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service was created to bring together Americans and provide them with a way to give back to their communities. It is an independent federal agency that accepts volunteers of all ages and backgrounds and encourages citizenship, service, and responsibility among those who serve. It includes programs such as Senior Corps and AmeriCorps and is America’s largest grantmaker supporting local, national service, and volunteer programs.
Charity Starts at a Young Age
In many schools, students must perform a certain amount of community service hours to fulfill a graduation requirement. Through their volunteer work, students gain valuable experience, skills, and interests that can help shape a future that includes additional charitable service.
Action Without Borders
Action Without Borders (AWB) is a nonprofit organization containing information gathered from over 50,000 nonprofit and community organizations in over 165 countries. Thousands of opportunities for volunteers, interns, consultants, and more can be found on their website, Idealist.org.
World Teach offers opportunities to live and work in another culture while assisting children in an academic setting. In particular, the South Africa Summer Program is an exciting opportunity for those who are at least 18 years of age to get involved. To volunteer for World Teach programs, applicants must meet certain age, education, and skill requirements.
Local Organizations and Agencies
Local communities also have nonprofit organizations and agencies in need of volunteers. Your local Chamber of Commerce or town hall may provide information on volunteer opportunities in your area. Many opportunities, both locally and nationally, can also be found through the various nonprofit and charitable organization websites.