Image: Mashable composite; Getty Creative There’s an infinite number of worthy causes and organizations eager to have volunteers, but if you’re just getting started, it can be difficult even discouraging to weed through all the options. Luckily, many sites and platforms can help you find the best volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and skills. From Catchafire, which helps busy professionals apply their skills to volunteer work, to DoSomething, which helps young people take meaningful action based on their passions and time preferences, you’re bound to find volunteer work among the eight resources we’ve rounded up below.
Idealist’s mission is to “close the gap between intention and action.” It’s a trusted source of volunteer opportunities around the world, which you can narrow down by time commitment, area of focus (youth, health, animals, etc.) and language.
GozAround markets itself as a social network dedicated to making the world a better place. Individuals and organizations can search for and post volunteer requests in specific categories, allowing you to connect easily when something piques your interest, matches your abilities and fits your schedule.
Network for Good lets you search volunteer opportunities by keyword, specific charity names and area of interest. You can also check off special needs or requirements, such as if you’re a teen or senior, or you’d like to volunteer in a large group.
DoSomething is one of the leading organizations for youth and social change. With more than 3.2 members, DoSomething helps young people, well, do something. Choose a cause, a time commitment and the type of work you’d like to do, whether it’s face-to-face, hosting an event or taking a stand. Read more…