At Parents.com, our team, including educators and students from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, diligently researched and vetted the top online resources for finding youth volunteer projects. These sites offer excellent opportunities for families to volunteer together, fostering a spirit of giving back within our young ones.
You can find listings of volunteer opportunities, advice for volunteers, and personal tales at the websites listed below. The academic staff at Tufts University’s Child & Family WebGuide has endorsed these resources due to the high quality of the material they provide and the credibility of the organizations that support them.
1. Volunteer Match
By entering a user’s zip code, Volunteer Match returns results for local volunteer opportunities across the country. You can narrow your search to identify specific groups like Big Brother/Big Sister or use broader categories like “crisis support,” “education,” “homelessness,” “hunger,” or “international.” Volunteer options that are especially suitable for children, teenagers, the elderly, or large groups are represented by symbols. Users can sign up for a monthly e-newsletter or browse volunteer-related news articles. Opportunities for “virtual volunteering” are categorized separately.
2. Network for Good
Volunteering, donating, and advocating are just few of the topics covered by Network for Good. You can look for volunteer work in your area by entering your zip code, selecting your age range (kids and teens are welcome), and selecting a category (animals, arts, education, health, and so on). Readers can learn about the experiences of individual volunteers or check out a list of “10 Tips for Volunteering Wisely.” Information regarding current needs for volunteers and money can be found in a dedicated “Crisis Relief” section.
3. America’s Promise
General Colin Powell launched America’s Promise to strengthen the “character and competence of our nation’s youth” through various volunteer activities like mentoring, working with youth groups, and assisting in classrooms and museums. Young leaders can find out more about the important part they play in society by reading the “Young Leaders” section.
4. Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network
Users can perform a state-based search to locate “volunteer centers” in their area that host volunteer programs. Volunteering as a family is highlighted in a dedicated “Family Matters” section, complete with tips for celebrating “National Family Volunteer Day.”
With SERVEnet, you may search for just the kind of volunteer work that interests you. In this database, you can narrow your search by country, state, city, or zip code. Volunteers can specify their preferred age range to work with, the type of organization they like to assist, and the specific population they wish to serve, such as children, families, the elderly, or the disabled. People of all ages can find meaningful work. With a click of a button, visitors to the site can switch between English and any of eight other languages, such as Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese.
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