At Connect and Serve, organizations post volunteer positions they are seeking to fill, and individuals search the site for opportunities to volunteer. Search for opportunities in which you can use the skills and experience you have acquired over your career to help meet community needs or find volunteer opportunities that will introduce you to a new line of work or help you pursue a long-standing interest. Are you a photographer? Would you like to help low-income adults understand the tax code system? Or have you ever wanted to be a disaster relief worker? These are examples of the myriad types of volunteer opportunities you can find at Connect and Serve.
"United We Serve" is a nationwide service initiative that will help meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn. With the knowledge that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things when given the proper tools, President Obama is asking Americans to come together to help lay a new foundation for growth. This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.
Commonwealth Corps works with non-profit organizations and public entities to reinvigorate civic involvement to help address the Commonwealth's most urgent needs. Commonwealth Corps members work to strengthen the bonds of common purpose and unite people in service for the common good. Commonwealth Corps members provide direct service and recruit, organize and mobilize additional volunteers — building a grassroots movement of volunteers dedicated to service.
More than 9 million people make a difference through AARP's various networks for volunteers, donors, and activists. AARP's Create the Good allows volunteers to search a database of volunteer offerings. On the supply side of the equation, almost anyone — local agencies, individual members of communities and organizations — can post opportunities for service on the site. The mission of Create the Good is to provide easy access to a multitude of ways in which people can help others in their communities — working at home, over the phone or the internet, or in person. The ability to engage in volunteer work from the comfort of your own home offers some distinct advantages, especially for those of us who are caring for children or who are holding down a full-time job. Finding a way to serve is important since giving back to our community helps keep us active and healthy.
AARP offers people many ways to give back in their communities. There are also online communities that volunteers can join, to initiate and partake in discussions with people from around the country.
Encore.org is published by Civic Ventures, a nonprofit think tank that is leading the call to engage millions of experienced individuals in becoming a force for social change. Civic Ventures focuses on creating pathways to encore careers that provide continued income doing work that is personally fulfilling and helps address some of society's biggest challenges.
Here you can find the phone number of your local Council on Aging, which may be able to provide you with additional assistance with all the topic areas listed above.