My gift to you, this Sunday. This is an 18 page compilation of nonprofit job boards, associations, and organizations. You’ll find links broken down by category and location.
Information is ever-changing, so I welcome your input and suggestions. Please feel free to email me at tara.mason.harris AT gmail.com
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You’re sitting at home reading the headlines and wondering what you can do to help during this time of need.
Here are eight volunteer jobs that can help make our country better while facing tough times.
8. Clothing Closet – From children’s clothes to professional attire, there are community clothing closets with volunteer opportunities. Spend a Saturday morning sorting clothes. Donate suits and dresses from your closet to a charity that assists low income adults and those re-entering the work-force with business attire for interviews and other job opportunities.
7. Professional Services – You don’t have to be a lawyer or a doctor in order to donate your professional services. People from all business sectors have something to offer–especially at a time like this. Volunteer to help job seekers with resumes. Donate your accounting skills to an underfunded charity. Perhaps your favorite organization needs clerical assistance on weekends–or even someone to manage their social media! I’m currently volunteering my time to assist an agency in setting up their first website and blog!
6. Crisis/Counseling Hotline – High unemployment and a bad economy make for high stress and depression. If you have experience in mediation–or maybe you are empathetic and a good listener–seek out opportunities to volunteer your time assisting with a crisis or counseling hotline. Many places train their volunteers prior to placement.
5. Youth Services – This is a very broad category. If you like to be hands-on with children, look into mentorship programs, like Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Collect and donate school supplies or clothing to local organizations. Scan your local volunteer listings on volunteermatch.org or idealist.org for more ideas.
4. Respite Care – I have to give a shout-out for respite care volunteers. Care-givers of the sick and elderly desperately need assistance in the form of respite care. Volunteers typically sit with the patient, while the care-giver (often a family member) takes a much needed break, which typically involves catching up on errands and tasks that have fallen to the wayside. Many caregivers for those with an long-term illness pass away before their patient, due to the stress of providing twenty four hour assistance. Add the current strains of our economic climate to their situation and you have cause for worry. Giving these families a two hour or more break once a week can make a world of difference. Our program requires a day of training before placing with an area family. Check out idealist.org for local listings. Readers in Oklahoma and Arkansas can contact me for more information on volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association.
3. Animal Shelters/Rescue – Foreclosures and job loss are just two of the many reasons that people are having to give up their beloved pets. Donate your time at a local shelter or rescue. Some rescues need volunteers to transport animals from one city to another. You can also help by fostering a pet while waiting for adoption. Find out what supplies your shelter needs. Some people collect newspapers and old blankets for shelters year round.
2. Homeless Shelter/Housing Assistance – Search Idealist.org for opportunities helping the homeless, an ever-increasing population. Perhaps you’d rather help build homes with organizations like Habitat for Humanity. Either way, you are helping the housing crisis in your own way.
1. Local Food Bank – As so many families lose their primary source of income, the number of people turning to food banks for help is growing. Visit Feeding America for statistics on hunger and poverty in America. If you are in and around Tulsa, I encourage you to contact the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.