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General Volunteer Search Sites

Below you will find volunteer boards, search engines, and other Web sites for searching volunteer opportunities in a wide range of areas.

1-800-VOLUNTEER.org - 1-800-Volunteer.org is a national database of volunteer opportunities powered by a volunteer management system for non-profits. You can search for volunteer opportunities, events and organizations by keyword, city/state/zipcode. Registration is free.

All for Good - Inspired by the call of President Obama to engage more Americans in service, a group of individuals from the technology, marketing and public sectors came together to build an open source application that allows you to find and share volunteer activities. All for Good lets you browse activities and find events based on your location or interests. What's more, you can sign in with your primary social network to connect with friends, and discover and share interesting activities.

American Red Cross - Since its founding in 1881 the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. In addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

AmeriCorps - Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. AmeriCorps is made up of three main programs: AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). AmeriCorps State and National: AmeriCorps State and National supports a broad range of local service programs that engage thousands of Americans in intensive service to meet critical community needs. AmeriCorps VISTA: AmeriCorps VISTA provides full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps NCCC: The AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) is a full-time residential program for men and women ages 18-24, that strengthens communities while developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

Catholic Volunteer Network - Catholic Volunteer Network, established in 1963, is a non-profit membership organization of 200 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs. Currently, more than 10,000 volunteers and lay missioners serve in these programs throughout the U.S. and in 108 other countries

Causecast - Causecast is a platform where media, philanthropy, social networking, entertainment and education converge to serve a greater purpose. Be it veteran's issues or environmental issues, Causecast helps members connect to the causes, charities, and nonprofits they care about. Once you join (for free), you can search their list of organizations to find one that inspires you, and get involved.

Change.org - Change.org raises awareness about important causes and empowers people to take action with leading nonprofits.

Corporation for National and Community Service - The Corporation for National and Community Service Web site works as a portal for locating volunteer opportunities at a number of federal organizations, including The Corporation for National Service, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, and America Reads.

Cosmic Volunteers - Cosmic Volunteers is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that offers volunteer and internship programs in China, Ecuador, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, and Vietnam. With home offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Cosmic Volunteers sends hundreds of volunteers abroad each year to volunteer and intern at schools, hospitals, newspapers, orphanages, HIV/AIDS clinics, women's groups, and other organizations who ask us for assistance.

Cross Cultural Solutions - Cross-Cultural Solutions is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1995. Each year, over 4,000 people participate in their volunteer programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe in the areas of caregiving, teaching, healthcare, and community development. CCS has a worldwide staff of over 300 people in 12 countries, with administrative offices also located in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. Their mission is to operate volunteer programs around the world in partnership with sustainable community initiatives, bringing people together to work side-by-side while sharing perspectives and fostering cultural understanding.

G21.com - G21.com connects individuals, non-profits, corporations and organizations working towards achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. They mobilize the power of social networking and focus it towards global good.

Global Volunteer Network - The Global Volunteer Network (GVN) offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects throughout the world. They currently provide volunteer programs through their partner organizations in 21 countries.

Idealist - Idealist is a project of Action Without Borders, a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 with offices in the United States and Argentina. Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters, and take steps toward building a world where all people can lead free and dignified lives. On their site you can find organizations, groups, volunteer opportunities, events, and more. You can create a personal profile to network with other Idealists, and sign up to receive daily alerts with new opportunities matching your interests. You can learn about community action, nonprofits, and more in their resource centers.

International Volunteer Programs Association - The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is an association of non-governmental organizations involved in international volunteer work and internship exchanges. They support the volunteer community by serving as a global clearinghouse for information and resources linked to volunteerism that can be used for campaigning, advocacy and networking. It is an online hub where the community can meet, share resources and coordinate activities to mobilize volunteer action in support of the Millennium Development Goals. Lists volunteer opportunities worldwide. The World Volunteer Web is brought to you by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in partnership with, CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Merrill Associates, Millennium Campaign, OneWorld.net, and Portal do Voluntário.

Network For Good - Network for Good is one of a number of Web sites bringing together donors, volunteers and charities online to accomplish good. Users can donate to charities and search by zip code, distance, keyword, or organization to locate a volunteer opportunity in their area of interest.

Peace Corps - The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, more than 195,000 Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and committing more than 1,000 new Volunteers as a part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

SeniorCorps - Senior Corps connects today’s over 55s with the people and organizations that need them most. They help them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Conceived during John F. Kennedy's presidency, Senior Corps currently links more than 500,000 Americans to service opportunities. Their contributions of skills, knowledge, and experience make a real difference to individuals, nonprofits, and faith-based and other community organizations throughout the United States.

Serve.gov - Serve.gov is a search portal created by the Obama Administration for Americans to volunteer in their own community. Search by keyword and zip code to bring up opportunities offered by participating organizations in your area.

Service Civil International, USA Branch - Service Civil International (SCI), is a worldwide voluntary service organization and peace movement. Every year about 5000 volunteers participate in work camps in over 80 countries. International work camps are central to SCI's work and take a variety of forms. Living and working together in an international group with people of various backgrounds and nationalities helps to break down barriers and prejudices between nations. It is also a unique way of gaining a deeper understanding of problems that local communities around the world are facing, while at the same time, supporting them with concrete volunteer work.

ServiceLeader.org - ServiceLeader.org, a project of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs of the University of Texas at Austin, provides information on all aspects of volunteerism. If you want to become a volunteer, go to their “For Volunteers” section for more information and how to get started. Also check their “volunteers in School” and “Volunteers in State” sections for opportunities in those areas. Additionally there is a “For Volunteer Managers” section where leaders will find information on best practices and volunteer management and for those interested in volunteering online, a “Virtual Volunteering” section.

Social Actions - Social Actions is an open source database of actions people can take on any issue. The actions in their database are aggregated from across the Internet and include everything from volunteer opportunities to micro credit loans. The overarching goal of their work is to make the Web more action-oriented, or in other words, to make it easier for people to make a difference.

VolunteerMatch - VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. Our popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred Internet recruiting tool for more than 65,000 nonprofit organizations. Search thousands of volunteer opportunities by zip code, category, and date. Opportunities are posted directly by local organizations.

Volunteer Solutions - Volunteer Solutions is a volunteer matching Web site that helps volunteer centers connect individuals to volunteer opportunities in their community. Volunteer Solutions helps volunteers, nonprofit agencies, corporations, event organizers, and volunteer centers get connected. Search by zip code for opportunities in your area.

Volunteers for Peace - Founded in 1982, VFP is a non-profit membership organization with no political or religious agenda. Their goal is to work toward a more peaceful world through the promotion of International Voluntary Service (IVS) projects, historically known as International Workcamps, and the exchange of volunteers. Through their international alliances, they work together to help communities meet local needs and some of the goals of the United Nation's Millennium Declaration. There are many types of work available. Most projects are 2-3 weeks long. Accommodations vary widely, but usually volunteers share the same living space, doing all their own cleaning and food preparation on a rotating basis. A $300 registration fee covers most projects except those taking place in developing countries. A VFP membership fee of $30 is also required for placement. The registration fee covers food, accommodations and work materials for the duration of the project. Volunteers arrange and pay for their own transportation to and from each project.

Volunteers of America - Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential. Through thousands of human service programs, including housing and healthcare, Volunteers of America helps more than 2 million people in over 400 communities in 44 states. Since 1896, their ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including at-risk youth, the frail elderly, men and women returning from prison, homeless individuals and families, people with disabilities, and those recovering from addictions.

VSO International - VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.

YSA (Youth Service America) - Launched in 1996, Youth Service America is a Web site that mobilizes and empowers the volunteer service community to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing local communities. Since its inception, servenet.org has enabled millions of youth volunteers to connect with local nonprofits to make a difference in communities throughout America. In 2000, as a part of Global Youth Service Day, Servenet.org expanded into a global resource for the 3.5 million young people, in 155 countries around the world that participate in Global and National Youth Service Day.