Resources for Volunteers

Make Your Mark

Whether you’re a budding or longtime volunteer, these resources can get you on your way to developing your own projects with your family, friends and neighbors. And if you aren’t quite ready to start your own project, you can search for local projects on Points of Light's All For Good.

Finding Your Cause

Be a Leader of Now

When you woke up this morning, what did you decide to try to accomplish today? What about change the world? It sounds crazy, maybe even impossible, but really it is quite simple. You may not realize all that you have to offer, but you can start a movement that changes the world.

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Be an Effective Volunteer

Wondering how you can put your skills and sensibilities to work as a volunteer? This online course will get you on your way. (Pick “Be an Effective Volunteer” from the list.)

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Ideas for Community Needs Assessment

There are many methods you can use to identify needs in your community. Here are just a few to get you started.

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Get Involved

Passion Into Action Toolkit

Turn your passion – the urge that makes you want to DO something – into action that will change your community and the world.

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Economic Opportunity Toolkit

Help your neighbors, friends and family members understand their credit with an economic opportunity service project.

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Become a Leader

Get HandsOn! Volunteer Leader Guidebook

Learn what it takes to be a volunteer leader and see how to create high-impact, well-managed projects that will help you sustain volunteers and have a positive impact in your community.

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Starting a Volunteer Program

Planning a volunteer program includes job development, interviewing, supervision, evaluation and recognition.

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Trainers Toolbox

This series of guides will help you identify volunteer training needs and design, deliver, assess and refine training sessions.

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