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A collection of resources and tools to help you find the volunteering or non-profit career opportunities you desire.
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Quintessential Careers Volunteering/Nonprofit Tools:
- Community Trusteeship Can Add Value, Purpose to Your Career Path
- Consider the Nonprofit Sector to Expand Your Employment Options
- Creating Opportunity in the Nonprofit Sector
- Volunteering Can Open Doors to a New Career
- Volunteering Can Reveal Your Work Passion
Other Volunteering/Nonprofit Career Resources:
A Broader View Volunteers -- a non-profit organization that helps U.S. and Canadian citizens (and families) find volunteering positions (with orphanage work, daycare, community development, teaching, more) in developing countries. Fee-based.
American Red Cross -- information about volunteering at the Red Cross, which is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, will provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
America's Charities -- provides information about volunteering at America's Charities, founded in 1980, and which is a coalition of prestigious, national charitable organizations providing direct services in thousands of local communities.
ChristianVolunteering.org -- a volunteer matching site, where individuals can find opportunities as a local volunteer, virtual volunteer (volunteering from home), short term missionary, or intern at organizations across the U.S. and internationally. You can search by location, skills, service needs. No cost.
Corporation for National and Community Service -- offers volunteer possibilities at a number of federal organizations, including the Corporation for National Service, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Learn and Serve America, and America Reads.
DeepSweep -- a leading job site for nonprofit jobs, where all levels of job-seekers can search for numerous career opportunities, post your resume, and register for a personal search agent. Job postings are listed by date. Free to job-seekers.
Dress for Success -- a great not-for-profit organization that helps low-income women by providing job interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development -- in more than 75 cities. Learn how to volunteer, how to donate, or how to get assistance. Free to job-seekers.
Earthwatch Institute -- internship, volunteer, and employment opportunities with Earthwatch Institute, an international nonprofit organization that supports scientific field research worldwide to improve our understanding and management of the Earth.
ExecSearches.com -- a site for middle, executive, and director level job-seekers looking for non-profit and public sector employment in higher education, health, advocacy, philanthropy, government, social and human services, and community and economic development. Search jobs by keyword, function, industry, and region. You can also take advantage of a matching service and find career resources. Free to job-seekers.
Experience Corps -- a volunteering site for people 55 or older in which you can tutor children who need basic literacy skills; mentor students who need guidance; and partner with classroom teachers to create better learning communities. Currently in 20 U.S. cities. No cost to job-seekers.
Global Volunteer Network -- a great site for those searching for international volunteer educational and community aid projects. Includes people needed in developing countries for teaching English, environmental work, health and sanitation, and more. Free to job-seekers.
Global Volunteers -- a private non-profit, non-sectarian development organization, Global Volunteers was founded in 1984 with the goal of helping to establish a foundation for peace through mutual international understanding. Its programs center around a one-, two-, or three-week volunteer work experience in Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific, Europe, or the United States.
GuideStar -- a national database of more than 850,000 non-profit organizations. Search for non-profits by name, keyword, location, and category. A good resource for job-seekers considering a non-profit organization. Free.
Habitat for Humanity International -- offers many ways people can get involved in an organization that is at work in every state of the United States and in 59 other countries around the world trying to eliminate poverty housing.
Humana People to People -- a volunteering site for job-seekers who are looking to make a difference in improving the living conditions for people living in the poorest nations of the world. Volunteer to become a development instructor. Free to job-seekers.
Idealist -- search for volunteer opportunities in 15,000 organizations in 130 countries Idealist serves as a clearinghouse for organizations - whether they have a Website or not - and allows them to enter and update information about their services, volunteer opportunities, job openings, internships, upcoming events, and any material or publication they have produced.
InterAction -- offers resources that are useful to people seeking paid or volunteer positions -- in the US and abroad -- with international relief and development agencies. The American Council for Voluntary International Action is the nationís largest coalition of international development, disaster relief and refugee assistance agencies. InterAction's members include more than 150 US-based non-profit organizations.
International Development Jobs -- where job-seekers looking for development and consulting jobs with NGOs, non-profits, and charities can search job listings (by region, experience, contract length, keywords), as well as register for a job-search agent. No cost to job-seekers.
National Park Service: Volunteer -- there are nearly 400 national parks -- and even more ways that you can help the National Park Service. Find an opportunity at a park near you with an easy search tool.
Nonprofit Career Network -- whose focus is on bringing people together by identifying the people who want to participate in the nonprofit sector and the organizations that have a need for those people. Site includes a section where job-seekers can post their resumes and search for jobs or volunteer opportunities with nonprofit organizations.
nonprofitJOBMARKET.org -- a job site where job-seekers can find volunteering, employment, and consulting and temporary opportunities with non-profit organizations around the world. Search for postings by keyword, job status, country, location, job type, and mission type. No cost to job-seekers.
Nonprofit Jobs -- a job board for the nonprofit sector, with job opportunities ranging from entry-level to executive, and where job-seekers can search job listings (by keyword, location), as well as post/upload your resume. Also includes some useful career resources. A service of The NonProfit Times. No cost to job-seekers.
NonprofitOyster.com -- for job-seekers searching for jobs in the nonprofit sector. Search nonprofit job listings (by job function, area of focus, and location), post your resume, store jobs of interest, and create a job search agent. Free to job-seekers.
OpportunityNOCs.org -- the Net's leading source of non-profit jobs and career opportunities for administrative, staff, and professional positions. A great resource for job-seekers. National jobs database contains about a thousand jobs -- and you can search by keywords, organization, position, and location. Free to job-seekers.
Peace Corps -- tens of thousands of people have served as volunteers since 1961, helping change and improve the human condition at the grassroots level. The Peace Crops provides volunteer opportunities teaching children the basics of math, science, and English; working with a community to protect the local environment; and helping people stay healthy, expand their businesses, or grow more nutritious food.
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) -- since its founding in 1985, the RAN has been working to protect tropical rainforests and the human rights of those living in and around those forests. From the beginning, the Network has played a key role in strengthening the worldwide rainforest conservation movement through supporting activists in tropical countries as well as organizing and mobilizing consumers and community action groups throughout the United States.
Save the Children -- committed to serving children and families in need in 15 states across the United States and in more than 35 developing nations around the world. Save the Children employs highly skilled administrative, managerial, and other professional and technical staff and offers both employment as well as volunteering opportunities.
ServiceLeader.org -- a comprehensive volunteering site, with everything you need to know about volunteering, including cyber-service. Excellent advice for volunteers of all types and all ages. From the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.
Teach for America -- where interested individuals can find out about joining this teaching corps, which places members in 13 sites around the U.S. to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools. Members make a two-year commitment.
United Planet -- a volunteering site from an international non-profit organization devoted to fostering cross-cultural understanding and supporting communities in need, partnered with the International Cultural Exchange Federation (ICYE), offering 6 month and one year volunteer opportunities worldwide as an alternative to the Peace Corps. No cost to job-seekers.
United We Serve -- designed to help promote service events related to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and for Americans to make their commitments, build communities, find opportunities to serve and share their results -- engaging people in direct service or bringing people together to reflect on how they can commit to becoming more engaged citizens.
Volunteer.gov -- a great resource for finding volunteer service opportunities of interest to you in your hometown and throughout the U.S. Volunteering options come from thousands of organizations that need help. You can also keep an online journal, keep track of your volunteering efforts, and find all sorts of great resources and advice for volunteer. Free to job-seekers.
VolunteerMatch -- a matching service for volunteers and nonprofits (currently more than 80,000 nonprofit organizations) -- that finds volunteering opportunities that fit everyone's interests and schedules. Includes some great resources for training volunteers, and much more.
Volunteer in Africa -- an organization dedicated to disseminating information on volunteer programs in Africa, as well as to organizing a wide range volunteering, internship and cultural exchange programs in Ghana. No cost to job-seekers.
Volunteers of America -- where you can learn about volunteering opportunities in designing and operating programs that deal with today's most pressing social problems -- from rural America to inner-city neighborhoods.
WWOOF: World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms -- a great volunteering site for people looking to volunteer on organic farms around the world. Browse for opportunities that most interest you and then make direct contact to arrange a stay. Volunteers usually live as part of the family. Small fee to job-seekers.
Youth Changing the World (YSA) -- improves communities by increasing the number and the diversity of young people, ages 5-25, serving in substantive roles, engaging children and youth as volunteers, as academic achievers, and as community leaders.
Youth for Understanding -- a non-profit educational organization that offers opportunities for young people around the world to spend a summer, semester, or year with a host family in another culture.
See this article on our sister site: Now is the Time to Help Yourself by Helping Others: 10 Ways to Serve Your Community.