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3 ways to find service opportunities

Nov 19, 2010

by: Kasey Jackson
Managing Editor, KIWANIS Magazine

Sometimes it’s difficult to change things up. We’ve all been there. You get stuck in a rut and keep doing what you’ve always done. What has always “worked.”

Well, it’s time to get some new ideas.

These are just three easy-to-use sites to help you get started finding new ways to reach out and give a hand in your community. What new project will you find? Drop us a line and let us know!

Volunteer Match
www.volunteermatch.org

This one is fairly popular and very easy to use. Log on and right there on the home page you can type in your city and keywords. I typed in my city and “children” as my keyword and got several interesting options—everything from volunteering at a children’s museum to working with abused and neglected children.

Corporation for National & Community Service
www.nationalservice.gov

It’s right there on the home page—an easy login for finding service projects in any community. This search is powered by All for Good and once you have the results (mine included handing out toys at a toy shop for the holidays!) there is a handy map that marks the locations of each project. I love that!

Idealist
www.idealist.org

This one is a little busier and harder to navigate, but still quite effective. I found several options for projects that benefit children and local families. I also like the option of learning more about volunteering outside the United States. There’s a great library of tips and articles on volunteering abroad.

 

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