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If you are interested in volunteering for a charity or non-profit, work as a museum docent or as a hospital volunteer, but you don't know where to start. A list of contact information and Web addresses is provided below to help you. Of course you can visit museums, hospitals, libraries, etc. that are convenient to where you live and offer your availability.
Volunteering is rewarding. It makes you feel like you are accomplishing something—that you are giving back —that you are helping people. Volunteering also gives you the opportunity to meet people, make new friends and get out of the house. You can volunteer a day or two a week or in some cases even a few hours a day. Of course there are some seniors that volunteer every day and many who volunteer weeks or even months at a time. Older adults who volunteer and who engage in more hours of volunteering report higher levels of well-being and some studies indicate those that volunteer regularly live longer than those who lead more sedentary lives.
Join the Peace Corp
There are about 500 volunteers over the age of 50 serving in the Peace Corps. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said the older volunteers bring different skills and experience to the corps.
Learn more check out the Peace Corps site dedicated to older volunteers. Click here
Work and Volunteer if You Like Animals
Volunteer at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah. When you’re not walking a dug, grooming a horse or mending a fence you can take a trip to nearby Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon is only a 90 minute drive.
There is no charge to volunteer and Best Friends has cabins and cottages priced from $60 to $140 a night. There are also many nearby hotels and resorts that offer a discount to volunteers at Best Friends. Click here for more information
Work and Volunteer check with volunteerinternational.org
Volunteer at tax time. Work directly with low-income families or seniors by volunteering to prepare their federal and state income tax returns. Choose between two IRS-sponsored, national programs – the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which trains volunteer tax preparers to work with families eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE), which trains volunteer tax preparers to work primarily with seniors, taxpayers 60 and over. For more information and tax preparation sites near you, visit http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/IRS-Tax-Volunteers.
Volunteer at a Ronald McDonald House There are so many ways you can help! From preparing a meal for our families to helping with house work, or volunteering at a fundraising event.
Home based volunteering opportunities
Volunteer your time in bite sized chunks, from your home, on demand and on your own terms. Benefit worthy causes to suit your lifestyle. Dip in and dip out with absolutely no commitment. Skilled / non-skilled actions available – Click here for more information and to reach Help From Home. Help From Home is based in Cardiff, United Kingdom
Mentor students online
Want to share your personal and professional experiences to help make a difference in a young person’s life? Evidence shows that e-mentoring has many of the same benefits as face-to-face mentoring, helping students stay in school and increasing the likelihood they will attend college or pursue their chosen career path. Click here
Senior Corps connects today’s 55+ with the people and organizations that need them most. It helps them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests, and availability. You can find full details, as well as the local office, at Senior Corps
Volunteer Match helps seniors find places to volunteer. Just enter your ZIP code and you will see all kinds of local volunteer opportunities that are posted by charities and nonprofits. VolunteerMatch has helped hundreds of thousands find rewarding volunteer positions and their site lists the actual numbers for the major cities as well as some of the organizations that are what they call non-profit partners.
If you are looking for help or if you are looking to provide help to America's Small Businesses check out SCORE which has helped more than 7.5 million small businesses. SCORE's 10,500 volunteer counselors have more than 600 business skills. Volunteers are working or retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders who share their wisdom and lessons learned in business.
Join SCORE Be a mentor. Help a small business owner succeed. SCORE's 10,500 volunteers give free, confidential advice to help hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs each year. SCORE business coaches-men and women, working and retired-counsel hundreds of thousands of small business owners from nearly 400 offices nationwide.
For information on the Peace Corp 50+ click here The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime.Deciding to apply to the Peace Corps takes research and deliberation. The following web sections are a great resource as you explore opportunities to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
AARP volunteer resource center. Tell them about your interests and availability and they will get back to you with ways you can help.
Boomer volunteering. Check out the Corporation for National & Community Service
Points of Light
is one of the world’s leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan legacy, Points of Light connects people to volunteer opportunities by interest and zip code.C
ChildFund is a children's charity that is looking for volunteers to help with spreading awareness, fundraising, donating time/talent, and more.
ChildFund Volunteers can be reached at 804.756.2772 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
is a nonprofit clearinghouse. The job board recently has thousands of jobs as well as a database of 80,000 nonprofits.
The Idealist Volunteer Resource Center can connect you to jobs but they are unpaid
Nonprofit Jobs Center has both paid part-time and full-time jobs and unpaid board of director type openings.
Commongood Careers is a search firm that places directors and managers into nonprofit organizations
The Philanthropy News Digest Jobs Board has openings at foundations and nonprofits.
The NonProfit Job Career Center allows you to search by keyword, field, location, salary, level (entry, experienced or internship) and required education.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy has a Jobs page with jobs in the fundraising, executive, programming and administrative areas.