Volunteer Opportunities Alphabetically by City
We've compiled the following resources to assist alumni in finding opportunities to continue actively volunteering after their experience with Madison House.
Mayors Office of Volunteering and Engagement (MOVE)
MOVE manages a web site that is hosted by the Points of Light Foundation. The web site brings together volunteers with organizations who need volunteers. Search through our database and you're bound to find a way to help that takes advantage of your special talents. If you don't find anything that suits you at this time, you can create a volunteer profile or contact the MOVE office to receive a weekly e-mail of volunteer opportunities. Visit the website at: http://www.cabq.gov/move.
Hands on Atlanta
Hands on Atlanta, an affiliate of the Hands on Network, is a nonprofit organization that connects people looking for volunteer opportunities with more than 400 service organizations and schools. Hands on Atlanta is currently offering more than 1,000 opportunities to volunteer each month. You can participate in on-going projects or special events occurring once a year. The Citizen, a volunteer magazine, is also mailed out bi-monthly to inform you of service opportunities with Hands on Atlanta.
To register with Hands on Atlanta, go to handsonatlanta.org.
Baltimore County Volunteers
Baltimore County Volunteers has launched a partnership with Volunteer Solutions and the United Way to make finding volunteer opportunities even easier. On their website, you can search through various volunteer opportunity listings to find the perfect fit for your skills and interests. Search the website here.
Hands On Birmingham
Hands On Birmingham (HOB) is a valuable resource to nonprofit agencies, schools, and neighborhood associations as well as anyone looking for a place to serve. HOB is a Birmingham-based nonprofit organization that makes it easy for busy people to volunteer. The majority of Hands On Birmingham's service opportunities are held after traditional business hours or on the weekends. To date, almost 4200 HOB volunteers have provided over 20,000 hours of service to our community. Learn more at handsonbirmingham.org.
Boston Cares is the largest organization in New England dedicated to team oriented volunteering on a flexible basis. They build relationships with non-profits with needs that can be filled by flexibly scheduled teams of volunteers. Since its founding in 1991, thousands of people have volunteered through Boston Cares at over 300 Greater Boston schools and non-profits. Boston Cares is a member of the Hands On Network, an alliance of volunteer organizations working to transform individuals and communities through service and civic engagement, with affiliates in 55 US and international locations. You can register at www.bostoncares.org.
Hands On Charleston
The core purpose of Hands On Charleston is to recruit and engage volunteers to support the missions of existing community service organizations. By reaching out to these organizations, we help identify or create projects that support that agency's objectives. We then staff and lead these projects with Hands On Charleston volunteers. HOC seeks out and offers a wide variety of flexible volunteer projects and volunteer times. Many projects are offered on weekends and evenings to fit most any schedule. Additionally, our wide range of agency partners allows you to choose a project that supports your passions and interests. And best of all, the flexibility of the Hands On Charleston program allows volunteers to "sample" the work of many different agencies without a long-term commitment to any one project or time. Learn more at: handsoncharleston.org.
The United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area Volunteer Center
The United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area Volunteer Center serves Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson Counties. You can use the quick search feature on their website to find a volunteer opportunity perfect for you. Search by keyword, issue area addressed, type of opportunity, youth and family opportunities, and much more! Visit their website.
UVa Club of Charlottesville
The mission of the UVaClub of Charlottesville is to foster ongoing relationships between The University of Virginia and the local community of friends, alumni and employees of U.Va. through a series of educational, networking, athletic, charitable and social events. Several high-profile programs during the year raise funds to support the Jefferson Scholars Program at U.Va., whose funds go to provide a qualifying central Virginia student the opportunity to receive one of the coveted Jefferson Scholarships. In addition, the club supports the U.Va. Admissions office to encourage local high school students to apply for admission to attend the University as their college of choice. On average, 120 local students enter U.Va. each year. For more information visit their website.
Hands On Charlotte
Throughout the year, Hands On Charlotte provides direct volunteer service to the Charlotte community. We help homeless families, guide at-risk youth, tutor disadvantaged children, feed the hungry, care for our environment and so much more. Our volunteers address our community's most pressing needs through direct service. Hands On Charlotte offers a variety of meaningful volunteer projects that benefits the citizens of Charlotte. We provide volunteers with flexible volunteer opportunities to create positive change. We simplify the process by organizing and promoting more than 40 volunteer opportunities to make community service accessible to all. Learn more at handsoncharlotte.org.
Chicago Cares is dedicated to meeting the needs of the local community. There are over 170 service projects offered each month. In addition to volunteering, Chicago Cares provides wonderful leadership opportunities. You can elect to lead individual programs or become involved with annual events.
Chicago Cares already provides over 20,000 individuals with an opportunity to make a difference in their community. To become a part of this organization, visit their website at http://www.chicagocares.org/.
Volunteer Center of North Texas
Whether you're a veteran volunteer or just testing the waters, this is the right place for you. The Volunteer Center of North Texas is the resource for volunteers. We represent more than 1800 nonprofit organizations representing 26 different causes from AIDS to the Zoo - and everything in between. We know we can help you find the right volunteer job for you. Learn more here: www.volunteernorthtexas.org.
Metro Volunteers is a nonprofit organization that helps individuals, families, and corporate and community groups find volunteer opportunities throughout the metro Denver area. Our programs and services allow volunteers to work hand-in-hand with nonprofit agencies to develop strong and vibrant communities. Nearly 100,000 potential volunteers utilize our website and other services annually to build community and meet critical needs. Volunteers from across the metro Denver area share their time and talents by mending fences, painting shelters, building trails, feeding the hungry, and helping where it is needed most. Learn more at: www.metrovolunteers.org.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way for Southeastern Michigan's George W. Romney Volunteer Center is committed to linking volunteer groups with opportunities to serve the community, empowering agencies to use volunteers effectively, advocating for volunteerism and increasing the number of volunteers involved in the community. Find out how at: www.uwsem.org.
Volunteer Houston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the development, promotion and support of volunteerism. They have been the city's sole referral service connecting volunteers to a broad spectrum of diverse nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations all around Houston and its vicinity rely on Volunteer Houston to acquire over 30,000 volunteers per year. In addition to servicing more than 700 other nonprofit organizations, Volunteer Houston has developed four unique programs that specifically benefit individuals throughout the city. These programs are offered free of charge to people in the community because Volunteer Houston is committed to doing the right thing for the right reasons. Learn more here: www.volunteerhouston.org.
United Way of Central Indiana
United Way of Central Indiana's Volunteer Center is the place where volunteers and opportunities connect. We make volunteering fun, easy and accessible to companies, families, youth, seniors, individuals and groups. Volunteers play a vital role in United Way's ability to effectively address today's needs while also reducing tomorrow's. The website is: www.uwci.org.
United Way of Capital Area
United Way is focused on the health and human services of the entire community. You can give your time internally at the United Way by helping review requests for funding, support agencies at events, build partnerships and communicate our impact. But in the community, we have projects of all size groups from a single person to a large group. You will be matched by your interests and location preferences. Visit: www.myunitedway.com.
Las Vegas, NV
Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada
The Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada provides resources to groups and individuals to help them deliver creative solutions to community problems through volunteerism. The website is still under construction but will be available in October. Check it out at: www.volunteercentersn.org.
Los Angeles, CA
With a growing base of over 12,000 volunteers, L.A. Works provides the city of Los Angeles with over 60,000 hours of service each year. L.A. Works makes volunteering easy by offering one-time or short term projects. You can then choose to become more involved over time, but the initial commitment is minimal. To find the project you are looking for, you can search by region, date, and/or community impact.
To find a volunteer opportunity that interests you, visit http://www.laworks.com and join the 12,000 volunteers who are already making a difference.
Volunteer Center of Los Angeles (VCLA)
The Volunteer Center of Los Angeles is committed to connecting volunteers with agencies in need of volunteer support. VCLA emphasizes the importance of educating people and communities about the significant difference volunteers can make. In addition to general volunteer programs, VCLA offers youth programs, mentor programs, retired/seniors programs, DUI prevention programs, and classes for immigrants. This is a wonderful organization that can truly values the work of every individual volunteer.
Start volunteering today by visiting their website at www.vcla.net.
United Way of Dane County
The United Way Volunteer Center will match you with volunteer opportunities that fit your interests, skills, availability and location. They are happy to help you over the phone, in person in an interview, or you can look at opportunities by going to a collaborative website, www.volunteeryourtime.org.
Hands On Twin Cities
We bring people together to strengthen communities through meaningful volunteer action in the Twin Cities. On our website you will find a searchable database to connect with local organizations. If you have a busy schedule, we have a project calendar where organizations will list service projects that are open to the public. Find out more at: www.handsontwincities.org.
Volunteer Mobile's role in the community is centered on our ability to: Connect people with the opportunity to serve, build the capacity for effective local volunteering, promote volunteering, participate in strategic initiatives that mobilize volunteers. Our Recruitment and Referral Program matches volunteers and opportunities based on skills, interests and availability. Utilizing 1-800 Volunteer, a web-based online volunteer recruitment program, we maintain a database of more than 500 volunteer opportunities at over 250 agencies in our community. We have more than 6,500 registered volunteers. In addition to online recruitment, we provide one-on-one interviews to find the opportunity that best meets the volunteer's criteria. Visit our website at: www.volunteermobile.org.
New Orleans, LA
Hands On New Orleans
Since Katrina and Rita, Hands On New Orleans has mobilized over 5,000 volunteers to provide over 400,000 hours of service, deploying about 100 volunteers a day, on average. Hands On volunteers execute home reconstruction and community revitalization projects, including: supporting the reopening and ongoing needs of schools, facilitating mural art projects throughout the city, building capacity in other non-profits, and addressing the special needs of marginalized communities. These efforts have generated an estimated $5 million in economic benefits for New Orleans. Learn more about how you can help here: www.handsonneworleans.org.
Volunteer New Orleans
Volunteer New Orleans (VNO) is an exciting initiative focused on bringing awareness to citizens about the importance of volunteerism in the greater New Orleans area. VNO helps provide the critical connection between those wanting to volunteer and members of area non-profits, charities, and volunteer organizations. Over two years after Katrina, it is critical for those outside of New Orleans to continue to engage in volunteerism and the recovery. Additionally, it is increasingly more important for locals to play a more significant role in the recovery, rebuilding and reconnecting of our region. Visit www.volunteerneworleans.com for more information.
New York City, NY
This is wonderful website to find volunteer opportunities based on your own personal preferences. After creating a personalized profile, you can automatically receive information regarding opportunities that may be of interest to you. VolunteerNYC.org saves your previous searches and informs you when an opportunity arises that matches your criteria. Visit their website at www.volunteernyc.org/volunteer to set up your profile today.
New York Cares
New York Cares works with over 850 service organizations to create programs and projects for community members to take part in. The projects are designed to benefit those in need and are accomplished through the support of volunteers like you.
Visit their website at www.nycares.org to find out about current programs and how to get involved.
Street Project NY
Street Project is a non profit community service organization that provides New York's young professionals with volunteer opportunities. Most of the volunteer projects take place during the evenings or weekends each month. A bulletin board of upcoming events and a monthly newsletter sent out through email keep you updated.
To help contribute to the much needed volunteer work New York needs on a community level, please visit their website at www.streetproject.org.
Greater Philadelphia Cares
Greater Philadelphia Cares mobilizes volunteers each month to serve on volunteer projects throughout the region. We partner with schools, social service agencies, environmental groups, and non-profit organizations to tutor, feed, assist, revitalize, and enrich, and much more! Information about our monthly projects is available to volunteers through the monthly calendar they receive in the mail, our weekly Hot Projects email, and on our website. If you would like to learn how you can participate in Greater Philadelphia Cares' monthly calendar projects, you must view the online orientation.
Hands On Greater Phoenix
For the last 15 years, HandsOn Greater Phoenix volunteers have been mentoring children, revitalizing neighborhoods, providing meals to the homeless, supporting seniors, caring for animals and protecting our environment. Our volunteer projects are held in conjunction with community service organizations, neighborhood associations and under-resourced schools. We work directly with these agencies to design projects that both address critical community needs and can take place on evenings and weekends to include busy individuals. Today HandsOn Greater Phoenix engages more than 14,000 people annually, hosts between 40-50 volunteer projects each month and contributes more than 50,000 hours of service to the community every year. Learn more at www.handsonphoenix.org.
Connect Richmond provides information, resources and instant access to nonprofits, civic leaders, volunteers and others interested in improving Metro Richmond - the rest is up to you.
Hands on Greater Richmond
Hands on Richmond, an affiliate of the Hands on Network, is a nonprofit organization that connects people looking for volunteer opportunities.
To register with Hands on Richmond, go to www.handsongreaterrichmond.org.
San Francisco, CA
The Volunteer Center
Service San Francisco and San Mateo Counties
If you are interested in volunteering in San Francisco and the surrounding areas, the Volunteer Center is a wonderful place to start. Over 1,500 nonprofits in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties have partnered with the Volunteer Center to make their volunteer opportunities available to you. The interactive site enables you to search hundreds of local volunteer opportunities, both ongoing and one-day events. Additionally, when you have found an ideal match, you can contact the organization directly through their site.
Visit http://www.thevolunteercenter.net to search for opportunities.
San Francisco Connect
SF Connect provides opportunities for volunteers to work towards fixing the cities most pressing issues. They offer four different programs to address these needs and better the city as a whole. The four individual projects offered through SF Connect are the Project Homeless Connect, the Project Green Connect, the Project Youth and Families Connect, and the Project Tech Connect. Further information regarding the specifics of each project is provided on the website at www.sfconnect.org.
Building Community Involvement
Are you interested in making a difference in the Seattle area? Seattle Works offers an incredible variety of ways to volunteer so that you can find an opportunity that fits with your schedule. Whether you are looking to volunteer for a day by yourself or go on a weeklong trip with others, Seattle Works will help you find the perfect organization to get involved with. Also, Seattle Works will keep you updated with the latest news about upcoming events through a weekly email and monthly calendars.
Start making a difference today by visiting their website at www.seattleworks.org.
United Way of King County
United Way provides citizens a simple, quick way to locate volunteer opportunities in the Seattle area. You can utilize their website to search opportunities based on organization or location. This center is part of the greater organization known as "Volunteer Centers or Washington." This organization ensures that those individuals looking to volunteer are matched with nonprofits and other businesses in need of volunteers. This is a wonderful organization to be involved with as they continuously work to better the entire state of Washington.
To search for opportunities offered in Seattle, visit http://www.uwkc.org. If you are looking to volunteer in other areas of Washington, visit www.volunteerwashington.org to find a volunteer center in your area.
Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona
The Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona offers a variety of programs for community members of all ages. Our website has a database where prospective volunteers can find the right projects for them. We also have a unique program called LearningPoint which is a training program designed to promote professionalism and excellence in volunteer and non-profit management for anyone looking for more information in that field. The website is: www.volunteersoaz.org.
Greater DC Cares
The people at Greater DC Cares strive to solve the key social needs of the region and its people. They connect thousands of volunteers with hundreds of nonprofits and businesses in order to benefit the community as a whole.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 202-777-4463 or visit the Greater DC Cares website at www.dc-cares.org.
University of Virginia Club of DC
If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with fellow UVA alumnae, the UVA Club of DC provides wonderful services throughout the year. In addition to providing social and networking functions, the club is committed to planning local volunteer opportunities in the DC area. For upcoming events and ways to get involved consult their website at dchoos.org.