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AARP offers its members a variety of volunteer opportunities through its community service programs (AARP Driver Safety, AARP Tax-Aide, and the AARP Senior Community Service Employment Program), AARP chapters, NRTA (AARP's educators community), and various state-based community service activities.
America's Promise is a national initiative dedicated to mobilizing individuals, groups, and organizations to strengthen the character and competence of America's youth.
American Association of State Service Commissions represents State Service Commissions that administer AmeriCorps funds at the state level and provide connections with a broad range of service and volunteer opportunities.
AmeriCorps is a network of national service programs that engages Americans through nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based organizations to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health care, and the environment.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nationally recognized mentoring program that invites adults of all ages to become mentors for school-age children. Volunteers typically meet for about an hour a week with a child in need.
BoardnetUSA is a national web site that posts available nonprofit board positions.
Bridgestar operates an online job database for senior executive leaders considering or planning a career move into the nonprofit sector. Bridgestar also operates a talent-matching service to help connect nonprofit organizations with senior job seekers.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the umbrella agency for several national service programs, including AmeriCorps, VISTA, Learn and Serve America, and Senior Corps.
Elderhostel provides educational and service adventures all over the world to adults aged 55 and over.
The Environmental Alliance for Senior Involvement works to increase opportunities for older adults to protect the environment through a coalition of environmental, aging, and volunteer organizations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and AARP.
Executive Service Corps is a network of nonprofit consulting groups that recruits those who have held senior positions to provide affordable consulting services to nonprofits, schools, and government agencies.
Experience Corps, a national service program for Americans over 55, runs tutoring and mentoring projects in underserved schools. Experience Corps is a program of Civic Ventures.
Foster Grandparents connects low-income volunteers age 60 and over with disadvantaged or disabled youth. Stipends available. Foster Grandparents is a program of Senior Corps.
Global Volunteers sends teams of volunteers on one- two- or three-week volunteer experiences in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Australia, Europe and the Pacific. Each program is organized at the request of local leaders and indigenous host organizations and focuses on human and economic develop projects that are important to the host community's long-term development.
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry that uses volunteer labor and donations of money and materials to build and rehabilitate simple houses with the help of the homeowner (partner) families.
Hands On Network organizations across the country develop volunteer projects in partnership with community-based agencies and then recruit and manage teams of volunteers to staff them.
Idealist is an online search engine that links potential volunteers with volunteer and job opportunities in the U.S. and abroad.
Ignatian Lay Volunteer Corps is a nonprofit organization for those over 50 who want to work with and advocate for the poor in their communities. Volunteers typically serve two days a week for 10 months each year in local agencies.
International Senior Lawyers Project provides volunteer legal services by experienced attorneys to advance democracy and the rule of law in developing countries.
MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, promotes the mentoring of young children by adults of any age, and maintains a list of links to state and local mentoring organizations nationwide.
The National Retiree Volunteer Coalition is dedicated to creating a national movement of corporate retiree volunteer leadership and service.
Network for Good connects individuals with charities by allowing individuals to make secure online donations, explore volunteer opportunities, and learn more about causes.
OASIS offers lifelong learning opportunities in programs for the arts, humanities, wellness, science, and technology. Now in 26 cities, OASIS maintains a volunteer opportunities database.
Peace Corps sends volunteers across the globe to develop self-sustaining projects in agriculture, business, education, and health. Increasing numbers of Peace Corps volunteers are over 50.
Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network mobilize millions of volunteers of all ages to help solve serious social problems in thousands of communities.
Princeton Project 55 works to tap the vast resources available for the public good among groups of college alumni. In addition to Princeton, it works with alumni groups from other colleges and universities.
RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) connects volunteers 55 and over to a diverse range of service opportunities in their communities. RSVP is a program of Senior Corps.
SCORE is a national network of retired and working executives who volunteer free business counseling and advice to aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Association.
Senior Companions brings together low-income volunteers over 60 with adults who need extra assistance to live independently in their own homes or communities. Stipends available. Senior Companions is a program of Senior Corps.
Senior Corps is a network of three senior service programs – Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions, and RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) – that taps the experience and skills of older citizens to meet community challenges.
Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE) offers adults over 55 the chance to use their skills and knowledge to assist the Environmental Protection Agency in a variety of ways, including technical support and scientific research.
SeniorNet provides older adults with training in computer and Internet skills. Volunteer
Take Pride in America is a national partnership established by the Department of the Interior that recruits and links volunteers with organizations across the country that work mainly on public lands, such as national parks, forests, grasslands, and historical sites.
Troops to Teachers helps retired military personnel begin second careers as public school teachers. This Department of Defense program also alerts applicants to teacher certification requirements, programs leading to certification, and job opportunities.
United Nations Volunteers provides information on applying for a national or international volunteer experience, offering primarily long-term service projects.
The USA Freedom Corps provides a large clearinghouse of national service opportunities and links to other national information sources, including Network for Good, VolunteerMatch, Idealist, AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and others.
VolunteerMatch operates an online service that matches potential volunteers with places that need their services, while also offering a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer, and business leaders committed to civic engagement.
Volunteers in Medicine Institute recruits retired medical professionals to volunteer in clinics in more than 15 states that supply free medical and dental services to people who would otherwise not have access to health care.
Volunteer Solutions is United Way's national web-based search engine that allows individuals to look for local volunteer opportunities in a wide range of areas.
World Volunteer Web is a part of the UN Volunteers Programme and services as a global one-stop-shop for information, resources, and organizations linked to volunteerism.
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