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Flexible Volunteer Opportunities
The Volunteer Guide directory makes it possible for busy people like you to volunteer and make a difference at anytime, from anywhere. Even if you have an unpredictable schedule, you can volunteer for your favorite cause, including: animal welfare, children's issues, community development, environmental protection, healthcare, and overcoming poverty.
Volunteer at Your Convenience
Volunteer Guide understands that you're unable to commit to any volunteer activity that requires a specific time commitment – which is characteristic of most traditional volunteer opportunities. We understand that there is enormous, untapped kindness available from well-meaning, "would-be volunteers" like you, who yearn for greater fulfillment through helping others.
discovered how much kids need our help when I began teaching at an inner-city school. As the students looked at me from their desks that first morning, their grim faces seemed to say, "We don't need you; we don't need anyone." But, as we got to know each other over chalk and essays, I learned that many of the kids were hurting for help. Some needed encouragement; others an example. Some needed help getting out of a bad situation at home; others needed school supplies or a new pair of shoes. Many needed help dealing with drugs, gangs, and other serious struggles. A few just needed someone to appreciate them.
As their teacher, I tried my best to help those kids. But, I couldn't do it all. I had to hope that people like you would step-up.
The flexible volunteer opportunities listed in this directory make that possible. No matter who you are, or how busy your life is, you have the ability to help. Trying one of these volunteer ideas during your lunch break, in-between errands, or on vacation could make a world of difference to a child in need.
I'll add new volunteer opportunities regularly. So visit this directory often and tell your friends.
Please join me in making a difference for kids. It'll be worth it.
by Lara Prescott
Bullying is a widespread and serious problem. From the playground to the classroom to the Internet, bullying can happen anywhere at anytime. A recent national bullying study found that 40% of educators consider bullying to be a moderate or major problem in their schools and that 32% of students ages 12-18 have experienced bullying at some point.
Bullying involves an individual or group of people repeatedly abusing another person—physically (e.g. hitting), verbally (e.g. name-calling), and/or socially (e.g. spreading rumors)—inflicting a real or perceived imbalance of power.
With the rise of social media, bullies can now reach their targets from behind their computers and cellophanes. According to a Cyberbullying study by McAfee, almost one in four of teens claim to be a target of cyberbullying and two-thirds of all teens have witnessed cyberbullying online.
Acts of bullying are not isolated incidents. There are almost always peers, adults, and other community members aware that the bullying is taking place. Constant name-calling, threats, physical abuse, and gossip can leave a child seriously hurt and depressed. The person being bullied does not know how or does not have the power to make it stop. They need your help.
In just fifteen minutes you can help stop bullying in your community by learning how to recognize bullying, educating others, and intervening to stop children from being harmed by bullies
HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Help teach a younger child to read.
Help cook and/or serve a meal at a homeless shelter.
Gather clothing from your neighbors and donate it to a local shelter.
Pick up groceries or medicine for an elderly person.
Teach a senior friend how to use a computer and the Internet.
Invite local someone to present a drug awareness
Tutor a student that needs help learning any subject.
Organize a campaign to raise funds to purchase and install playground equipment.
Plant trees in public areas where everyone can enjoy.
Set up a place for kids with special needs in your community.
Read books or the newspaper on tape for visually impaired people.
Bring toys to children in the hospital.
Contact your local political representative about key issues.
Volunteer at a polling booth the day of an election..