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Thursday, March 01, 2007

1-800-Volunteer and the Virtual Volunteering Resource Guide


Are you looking for a place to do some volunteer work? If you are, this Website makes it easy for you to find the organizations that match your goals and ideals. Just search for opportunities that interest you, create a free account so you can sign up and then start volunteering.

It's really easy to start searching. You can search by keyword or by your city, state or zip code. There are advanced search options that really help to narrow things down to find exactly what you're looking for.

Creating your account is very easy too. Just click the "Create Account" link at the top of the page. You are then presented with some options. You can sign up as an individual or as a group. Are you a member of an organization that needs volunteers? If that's the case, you can post your events and recruit volunteers. Just create an account for your organization.

Organizations that need your help for worthy causes are just a click away. This is a great way to be active in your community and gain extra experience that looks good on any resume. You can get local results, so you're giving back where you can see the difference. It doesn't get any better than that! Know someone who is looking for volunteer opportunities but doesn't use the internet? Tell them about the toll free number, you got it, 1-800-volunteer.

Click this link to visit

Virtual Volunteering Resource Guide

When thinking about volunteering, most people think of helping with the homeless or the hungry, but there is so much more out there that you can do. On this Website, you will find many different volunteering opportunities!

The categories for volunteering are: International Issues, Health, Mentoring and Advice, Helping Seniors, Knitting and Crocheting, Animals and Wildlife and Professional Services.

There is also a listing of databases where you can find volunteering opportunities by searching the Web sites that are listed. Follow the link to the database Websites and you can then start your own search.

Each section gives you a brief description of what the organization is, as well as, a link to the organization. Some have multiple entries under one heading, which gives you even more options.

You can also get great tips on how to apply and what you can expect when you apply online in the introduction section, which is under the More On This Story heading. You're looking for the link of "Things to Know Before You Apply."

So, whether you want to crochet or knit a blanket, volunteer with animals or if you just want to find a database to check out what opportunities are available, this is an excellent site to visit!

Click this link to visit the Virtual Volunteering Resource Guide.

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