How to Volunteer

Need Skills for a New Job? Volunteer!

Today's guest post is written by HandsOn Leadership volunteer Christine McMullin. This is republished from the Seattle Works blog. Christine is a ghostwriter and university instructor of writing when she’s not busy volunteering and learning new skills. You can connect with her on Twitter @CMcMChatter

The 5 Benefits of Volunteering

I started volunteering for the first time when I was 16 years old. That has been one of the best decisions that I have ever made. There are a number of benefits that can be reaped from volunteering. Below are some of those benefits:

Stepping Outside of Your Volunteer Box

Today's blog is written by Amanda who is a blogger as well as a former newborn care nurse.

When it comes to volunteering most people immediately jump on the ‘feel good’ mission and choose an organization or task that makes them smile. For me, volunteering my time at the local animal shelter or the children’s hospital would be my ‘feel good’. I love anything that barks, purrs or had four legs and as far as children go, they have a spirit that puts a smile on my face. Do a little dance, read a book, throw a ball- children and animals are easy to please.

I’m a Small Town Girl with Big City Dreams to Change the World

Today’s post is written by Rachele Tanner. Rachele is the Program Coordinator for Year Up, Bay Area. Rachele’s passion for working with young adults stems from her experience in Tanzania, Africa and her local community work in San Francisco. She plans on working for Year Up fulltime next year in their new Silicon Valley expansion that will open its doors in March, 2013.

Volunteering is Good for Your Health

Today's blog is reposted from United Church Homes on Nov. 30, 2012.

Residents of Cherry Arbor affordable housing community in North Lewisburg, Ohio, are always looking for ways to serve others.

On Election Day they made chili and cornbread available to anyone who needed to come in, sit and get a bite to eat. Once a week they host a free exercise class that’s open to the North Lewisburg community. And every month they host a mobile food pantry that provides basics to about 60 local families.

Giving Tuesday Doesn’t Have To Be Just Tuesday

Today’s post is written by Chelsea Murphy, Communications Coordinator at Points of Light. She loves neon colors, ultimate frisbee, photobooths, and social good, with an off and on obsession for pinterest. Find her on twitter @chelsmurph.

I love the holidays. A time for eating a lot and hanging out with family and friends and appreciating the people who mean the most in your life with the act of giving and receiving gifts. It’s the season of giving so why not give back to meaningful causes at the same time?

Change through Volunteerism: About Maine’s League of Young Voters

Today's guest post is written by Teddy Burrage, 23, a writer at

Over the past year, I’ve been volunteering a lot of my time to Maine’s League of Young Voters based out of Portland. It’s a progressive, nonpartisan group dedicated to engaging young people in politics on the local, state and national levels. Made up almost completely of volunteers, the League has only two permanent, paid positions: the executive director and Portland organizer. The rest of the organization consists of about 20 members serving in leadership roles on a range of committees.

Fall Volunteer Opportunities

October and November months offer plenty of volunteering opportunities. Now that it’s fall and the weather is changing it’s a great time to clean out your closets and give back to goodwill. Before buying new fall clothes, take some time to give away items you don’t need any more. You have to clean out your closet anyway right, why not give your clothes to a great cause?

Three Central Benefits of Volunteering as a College Student

Nadia Jones is an education writer who teaches students how to find affordable online colleges, as well as how to make the most out their experience in school. She welcomes your feedback.

Volunteering simply out of the goodness of your heart should always be your first motive when deciding to feed the hungry, help the homeless or assist a family in need. Yes, you may need to fulfill a certain amount of community service hours each semester in order to qualify for membership in a particular organization on campus, like a fraternity or sorority, but you should really volunteer because you want to improve the quality of humanity and the environment. Those who actually enjoy helping others are the ones who will reap the most benefits from volunteering

Mark your Calendars for Oct. 27th Make A Difference Day

For more than 20 years, USA WEEKEND Magazine and Points of Light have joined together to sponsor Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service. Millions of volunteers around the world unite in a common mission to improve the lives of others.

Since we are around six weeks out, now is the time to think about what projects can be created and supported — are you willing to make a difference?

Watch Rehema Ellis’s motivation for making a difference in people’s lives.