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Volunteer Opportunities for
Boomers, Seniors and Retirees

Reach an alphabetized list of charities and phone numbers.

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.

Work for a charity or non-profit

Idealist.org The Idealist is a nnprofit clearinghouse. The job board recently has thousands of jobs as well as a database of 80,000 nonprofits.|
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.

Work with neglected children
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children is a network of 951 community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates offer judges the critical information they need to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care. Volunteers stay with children until they are placed in loving permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives. Volunteers are both vetted and trained. For more information

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.

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.  Information on Best Friends volunteering opportunities.  .

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,

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 – check out information on home based microvolunteer opportunities and 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.
Check with Boomer volunteering at Corporation for National & Community Service
Check with Work and Volunteer at volunteerinternational.org
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 volunteers@childfund.org.

Idealist.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.

 

Travel & Volunteer

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is an affordable and trusted volunteer travel organization, having placed over 42,000 volunteers of all ages in volunteer programs across 28 different countries. Find out more on becoming a mature IVHQ volunteer by visiting www.volunteerhq.org/mature-volunteers

10 Volunteer opportunities matadornetwork.com/change/10-volunteer-opportunities-for-free-travel/

Biosphere Expeditions, www.biosphere-expeditions.orgis a non-profit
which helps bridge the gap between the scientific community and lay
people who are interested in contributing to a wildlife preservation.
Even sites like www.travelocity.comprovide information and links
to vacation destinations where you can perform volunteer activities.

Eco Tours Volunteer with Eco Tours in Uganda. If your goal is to gain hands-on, grassroots experience while sharing your skills to help local farmers conserve the environment in a rural community context, then our project is right for you. click here

Executive Service Corps - www.escus.org
Links retired executives to nonprofit and public service agencies
where they can volunteer as a consultant

Mentor - www.mentoring.org
Links retirees who wish to be mentors with schools, civic associations, etc.

National Retiree Volunteer Coalition - www.nrvc.org
Links retirees to corporations which have a variety of educational, environmental and community programs where they can volunteer

Senior Corps - www.seniorcorps.org
Links retirees to local service needs and particularly to foster grandparent and senior companion programs

USA Freedom Corps - www.usafreedomcorps.gov
Links retirees to volunteer opportunity throughout the US

Volunteers in Medicine Institute - www.vimi.org
Links retired medical professionals to opportunities which provide free services to families and people without the funds for access to this care.

Volunteer in the New York City area -www.artsandbusiness-ny.org
Help one of more than 240 non-profit arts organizations with your business skills. New York's Business Volunteer for the Arts program brings together arts groups with needs and business people with skills. Tell them what your skills are and how much time you can volunteer. Phone 212 279-5910 or email fsmyth@artsandbusiness-ny.orgor visit www.artsandbusiness-ny.organd click on Volunteerism.

More Volunteer URL’s

www.volunteermatch.org
Match your abilities, time and interests with participating nonprofits.

www.escus.org
Provides consultants for nonprofits, schools and government agencies

www.score.org
Help small businesses

www.seniorcorps.org
Federal agency places volunteers 55+ with community programs

www.serviceleader.org
Provides a list of US and international groups; Click on “for volunteers”.

www.onlinevolunteering.org
U.N locates volunteer projects that allow seniors to work on-line

www.volunteermatch.org
Match your abilities, time and interests with participating nonprofits.

www.escus.org
Provides consultants for nonprofits, schools and government agencies

www.score.org
Help small businesses

www.seniorcorps.org
Federal agency places volunteers 55+ with community programs

www.serviceleader.org
Provides a list of US and international groups; Click on “for volunteers”.

www.onlinevolunteering.org
U.N locates volunteer projects that allow seniors to work on-line

www.getinvolved.gov
Awareness campaign launched by the Corporation for National and Community Service

www.networkforgood.org
Here you can donate, volunteer and get involved

www.volunteermatch.org
Volunteer with community nonprofit organizations

www.idealist.org
Network of 51,000+ nonprofit and community organizations in 165 countries

www.civicventures.org
Offers programs and services to seniors interested in service

www.communityresourcenetowrk.org
Chicago area network for health and human services.

Volunteering

Executive Service Corps
www.escus.org Links retired executives to nonprofit and public service
agencies where they can volunteer as a consultant

Mentor
www.mentoring.org Links retirees who wish to be mentors with schools,
civic associations, etc.

National Retiree Volunteer Coalition
www.nrvc.org Links retirees to corporations which have a varietyof educational, environmental and community programs where they can volunteer

Senior Corps
www.seniorcorpos.org Links retirees to local service needs and particularly to
www.seniorcorpos.org foster grandparent and senior companion programs

USA Freedom Corps
www.usafreedomcorps.gov Links retirees to volunteer opportunity throughout the US

Volunteers in Medicine
www.vimi.org Links retired medical professionals to opportunities which
Institute provide free services to families and people without the
funds for access to this care.

Clinical Trials

Usually sponsors of clinical trials pay most of the costs but not always. Make sure to check and remember that your insurer is still responsible for medical coverage that is not directly related to the clinical trial. Be aware that some insurance companies refuse to pay for certain claims for a patient enrolled in a clinical trial. Check this out before starting any program.

Clinical Trials: Why Volunteer for Clinical Trials of Medical Treatments?

The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, is part of the U.S. government. It is the FDA’s job to make sure medical treatments are safe and effective for people to use. By taking part in a clinical trial, you can try a new treatment that may or may not be better than those already available. You can also contribute to better understanding of how the treatment.

Mesothelioma Guide | Participate in New Clinical Trials  http://www.mesotheliomaguide.com/treatment/clinical-trials/

National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health
www.clinicaltrials.org

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
www.nccam.nih.gov

International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations
www.ifpma.org

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