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Online resource to help people find volunteer and giving opportunities in their own communities and beyond.

Volunteers enter their zip code on this website to find volunteer opportunities posted by nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

The volunteer arm of the Points of Light Foundation, HandsOn helps people go “from impulse to action, turning their ideas for change into impactful projects, like wheelchair ramp construction, watershed protection projects and tutoring programs.”

This nonpartisan group inspires and teaches people to take positive steps in their communities and creates partnerships between volunteers and the organizations that need them. The site says the goal is to provide “an online resource to help people understand the state of issues facing this country. By providing easy access to information without bias or partisanship, we deliver the tools in which to understand the state of issues important to our lives.”

International system of volunteers, contributors and local charities in more than 40 countries is designed to help people in their own communities.

The website has links to more than 26,000 organizations across the globe and thousands of volunteer opportunities.

City Year connects people between the ages of 17 and 24 with schools to help students. The website says, “At City Year’s 23 locations across the United States, teams of diverse young people called corps members serve full-time in schools for 10 months working to improve student attendance, behavior and course performance in English and math.”

The SCORE Association (Service Corps of Retired Executives) “Counselors to America’s Small Business” is a nonprofit association comprised of 10,500 volunteer business counselors throughout the United States and its territories. There are 389 SCORE chapters in urban, suburban, and rural communities. SCORE members are trained to serve as counselors, advisors and mentors to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners (including nonprofits). These services are offered at no fee, as a community service.

Often called the domestic Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA is a federal service program designed specifically to fight poverty. Founded as Volunteers in Service to America in 1965, VISTA was incorporated into the AmeriCorps network of programs in 1993.  


This handbook covers legal issues of both being a volunteer and managing volunteers.

Published by Independent Sector, this 36-page manual was designed to assist countries in conducting surveys assessing their national, regional and local volunteer levels.

This reasonably priced book ($10) looks at why policy-making regarding volunteers has become critical. Also definines and explains different types of policies and includes seven easy-to-follow steps to help readers define their own policies. 

Recruitment and Management

This excerpt from a book about policies for volunteer programs stresses the importance of defining the values and policies within which volunteering takes place.

Son of Service (SOS) is a free volunteer management database for nonprofits, charities, schools, churches and clubs. It keeps track of your volunteers, their contact information, availability, work history, comments, reminders and relationships. It will help you quickly find the right volunteer, and it will make reports about how you are using volunteers. 

Article on how volunteer programs must be compatible with the agency’s organizational culture and an integral part of that culture.

Learn 10 ways to keep volunteers happy.

Presentation outlines seven transition strategies for nonprofits to address when thinking about volunteers. The seven are: changing volunteer participants; changing money picture; changing roles and systems; changing organization structures; pushes to collaboration; changing values; and increased need for planning.

Virtual volunteering means volunteer tasks completed, in whole or in part, online and it lets more folks participate. Learn about how to set a program up for your nonprofit by reading this website.

Blogger offers advice on how to bring some youthful energy to your organization via volunteers from middle and high school, as well as college.

Volunteer Training

Comprehensive site from the Resource Center has links to an online tutorial to use when training volunteers, plus a model guide you can adapt to your agency.

Long list of books and articles on the subject.
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