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Volunteer Opportunities

Find a volunteer opportunity

The best way to find a volunteer opportunity in Washington is to visit VolunteerWashington, which links to volunteer centers in each county. Volunteer centers have many volunteer opportunities listed online.

Don’t forget about opportunities to serve with national service programs in your community to support and enhance their AmeriCorps program activities or to participate in episodic service projects for national volunteer campaigns such as the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Make a Difference Day, etc. To find an AmeriCorps program near you, view the find an AmeriCorps program page.

Questions to ask yourself

Whether you seek volunteer opportunities through VolunteerWashington or your neighborhood AmeriCorps program, it is good to ask yourself some important questions about your interests, needs, and limitations before you begin searching for volunteer opportunities:

  • Do you have a passion that can be pursued through volunteering?
  • How much time can you give? Once a week, a few times a month, or every so often?
  • What skills would you bring to a nonprofit or volunteer organization?
  • Are there new skills or knowledge you would like to acquire?
  • Where and how do you want to serve?

Examples of volunteer opportunities

It's also important to consider what kind of volunteering experience you want to have and what kind of environment you will feel most comfortable in. Examples of volunteer opportunities include:

  • Tutoring children in reading and math.
  • Helping to build houses with families in need.
  • Participating in neighborhood watch programs.
  • Serving as a Community Emergency Response Team member
  • Mentoring a young person to help him or her achieve a personal goal.
  • Joining a community environmental clean-up or recycling project.
  • Delivering meals for elderly and ill residents in your neighborhood.
  • Helping local nonprofits by fundraising, recruiting other volunteers, serving on their boards, or contributing other skills you may have.