We are not just defined by our jobs. It is important to find meaning in our lives and to contribute to society. Getting involved with nonprofits and volunteering our time for causes that we believe in is a fantastic way to add value to your life and to help others. There are a lot of fantastic websites that make finding meaningful nonprofit work easier.
While volunteering makes an immense difference in the lives of others there are also intrinsic benefits that can be obtained by volunteering.
- The Balance details 15 unexpected benefits of volunteering
- Build Abroad informs readers about 11 life changing benefits of volunteering
- Forbes details 5 surprising benefits of volunteering
- The Guardian explains how volunteering can change your life
- The Huffington Post describes 5 benefits of volunteering
- Create the Good provides 6 benefits of volunteering
Tips for Finding the Right Volunteer Opportunity
- Network for Good identifies 10 tips for volunteering wisely
- Ktichn provides 5 tips for finding the right volunteer opportunity
- Charity Truth details how to find volunteer opportunities that are meaningful
- Idealist lays our four tips for finding a volunteer opportunity along with 3 essential questions to ask yourself
The volunteer search engines listed below are nationally run. However, there are a lot of great local organizations that match volunteers with opportunities in their communities. An example of a local volunteering match organization in Denver Spark the Change Colorado (https://www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/).
- Enables you to find volunteer opportunities in your local community. This is an easy to use search engine specifically for volunteering and matches non-profits with prospective volunteers.
- Idealist is a search engine to find volunteer opportunities that allows you to not only search based on location but also on keyword, skill or interest
- Point of Light strives to create a global culture of volunteerism. The site allows you to search by volunteer opportunity type as well as by location.
- The website allows you to find pro-bono work utilizing your skills to benefit the community and make a difference. You search for opportunities based on your professional skills.
- Taproot is like Catch a Fire in that it allows nonprofits to find pro bono help and for skilled volunteers to assist. There are a lot of virtual opportunities available on Taproot. You can search for specific opportunities or browse all available opportunities.
- National Service is a government run initiative with the goal of increasing the number of volunteers. The website features a volunteer search engine allowing you to filter by keyword, location and distance as well as by different general volunteer categories. An example of some of the categories available are: hunger and homelessness, health and wellness, children and youth education and many more.
- Create the Good is a search engine that allows you to search for volunteer opportunities by keyword, zip code as well as distance