How volunteering changes lives
Giving back transforms our lives in ways we never imagined. Two volunteers share remarkable stories of how volunteering changed them forever.
Save your history. Preserve stories that matter
It’s hard to overstate the value of stories. There are many ways you can capture facts, moments, and revelations,for your family, your community and for history.
Teach what you know
Whether you're a math whiz, a trained musician, ora small business owner, thou can give back by simply sharing your knowledge and talents. Best of all, you can do this simply and safely from your home.
8 ways to volunteer - and find social connection, too
Volunteering can help us fight loneliness and even make new friends. These volunteer opportunities offer the chance to connect with others.
Be a small business champion in your community
Volunteer your time and talents to help them overcome the challenges of the pandemic.
4 questions to ask yourself before you volunteer
Find the opportunity that most enriches your life, and define the role that best suits your needs by asking yourself the following questions.
Staying connected in a time of social distancing
Find volunteer opportunities to connect with others and brighten their day.
The animal lover's big guide to volunteering
Love animals? There are many ways to safely help furry, feathered and other creatures.
Stand up for humanity
Find virtual opportunities to help protect human rights and promote justice.
Show your gratitude
Thank the essential workers who risk their lives to keep us safe during the coronavirus crisis.
Help from home
Reach those in need while you're "staying in place."
Find your perfect virtual volunteering fit
Figure out your niche - and your passion - and go from there.
Declutter and do good
Tidy up your home - and neighborhood - and help others.
Make a difference with a stroke of the pen
Put your writing skills to use helping others in your community!
Volunteers and animals - the perfect pair
Find ways to volunteer safely with and for animals.
Map out your volunteer year
Grab your favorite hot beverage, a pen and paper, and jot down a strategy for a successful year in which you’ll Create the Good.
Take a volunteer vacation
Travel and do good!
Help save a life as a suicide prevention volunteer
Here are 4 exceptional ways to support those at risk.
Brush with celebrity. Volunteer on the Red Carpet
Looking for a little glamour in your volunteer endeavors? Consider some opportunities to get closer to celebrity while doing good.
Make time for V time. Quick gigs for busy folks
Creating the good doesn't have to be a full-time job. If you know where to look, you can always find a way to fit some type of volunteering into your busy schedule.
5 groups of community helpers. 5 ways to say thanks
They've inspired you, protected you, and maybe even saved your life. Show community helpers just how much you care.
4 fur-tastic ways to serve others by working with service animals
You might be surprised at how many opportunities there are to volunteer with service animals!
5 quick ideas for the 10-minute volunteer
You can make a difference in the lives of others, even if you only have a few minutes to spare.
Volunteer for justice
Are you interested in making an impact on your community that can transcend generations? The justice system presents countless opportunities for volunteers to lend a hand.
5 ideas for volunteering with animals
They're cute and cuddly, and while most of them have paws, they could all use a hand. Here are a few ideas for helping animals in need.
Test your volunteer knowledge!
Take this quick, seven-question quiz on the current state of volunteering.
Change the world. No passport required
Want to be an international volunteer without leaving your nation, or even your town? There are plenty of ways to do it!
Tied down with work and other obligations? Find fast,easy ways to create good.
Have more time? Do more good
If you’re finding a little more time in your schedule than you had before, there are plenty of ways to fill the gaps by creating the good.
Be a voice, and a force, for the LGBT community
Looking for ways to help support the LGBT community? These ideas can springboard your volunteer efforts.
Help make your community livable for people of all ages
Livable communities are great places for all people of all ages. They provide safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; access to needed services; and opportunities for residents of all ages to participate in community life. Livable communities also offer plenty of opportunities to get involved and volunteer.
Seize the day. volunteer outdoors
Volunteers can make a difference from the comfort of their own homes, but why not get out when the weather is good! Here are a few ideas.
Unforgettable summer volunteer gigs
Summer’s almost here. If you’re looking for interesting ways to help your community while creating an unforgettable experience of your own, here are a few ideas.
Get kids into the volunteer spirit
Here are a few creative ideas to get kids into the volunteer spirit.
Help others with everyday technology
By helping a senior, or anyone who’s new to technology get up to speed, you can help enrich lives, open new doors and quite possibly learn something new for yourself. Here are a few ideas for taking advantage of technology to create more good.
Battle the bullies
Here are a few ways you can help make a difference in your community by helping to curb the bullying trend.
Online or offline. Help your community stay connected
Here are few ways you can help those close to you stay connected, both on and offline, and how to branch out and build your network.
Make a difference with handmade crafts
Use your crafting skills to support the organizations you care about. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Volunteer in the limelight
Make your volunteer experience even more rewarding when you become part of the action for a major sporting or entertainment event.
Gather your neighbors and make a difference
There’s no limit to the impact you can make on your community. Here are a few ways to cultivate and reinforce that great sense of neighborhood pride, while also making your community a better, safer place to live.
Make a difference in seconds
Micro-volunteering opportunities require a minimal commitment and often take less than 10 minutes to complete. As schedules tighten for the average American, this concept continues to gain momentum.
Load up the voluntour caravan
Voluntourism is as popular as ever, but instead of going it alone or just taking one friend, what if you gathered up a group, enjoyed each others company and multiplied your impact?
Make music, warm hearts
If you know how to play a musical instrument, or even press “play” on a stereo, you know how to make people dance, laugh, smile and forget about their worries for a while. Here are a few ideas on how to benefit your community through song.
Get unstuck from a volunteer rut
If you’ve been volunteering in the same capacity, at the same place, or with the same people for an extended period of time, the rewarding aspect of the process can start to wane, and volunteering can start to feel like a dead-end job. But you don’t necessarily have to quit to find a better fit.
Make a difference as a Slacktivist, Crowdsourcer or Micro-volunteer
Not-for-profits and volunteers are responding to today’s rapid change by adapting their practices to behavioral and technological trends. Slacktivism, Crowdsourcing and Micro-volunteering are three fast-growing trends that might help make your work more interesting and productive.
You + family or friends = one powerful volunteer approach
If you’re looking for a few ways to step up your volunteer game without making a big impact on your daily life, your friends, neighbors and family members might be able to help.
Keep your community safe and warm
Make a difference this winter by ensuring your communities remain safe and warm.
5 ways to make your community more livable
Check out these ideas for making your streets safer and more walkable, helping neighbors live comfortably and independently, and much more.
Giving from the heart pays back in spades
As a volunteer, you not only have the opportunity to improve your community. there are also multiple benefits you can receive in return.
Turn houses into homes
Volunteering to make new neighbors welcome can benefit the entire community.
Change a life with your fingertips
Make a real, positive difference simply by talking or texting on your phone.
Work volunteering into your week
Each new day brings an opportunity to do good. To help you fit service into your schedule, we've compiled ideas tailored to every day of the week.
Easy ways to revitalize your neighborhood
Here are a few simple ways to make a difference outside your door.
America's next top volunteer opportunity
These roles and organizations are growing fast and offer exponential opportunities to create the good.
Reach out and check in
Reach out to your neighbors, near and far, to show you care and strengthen your community connections.
Shared strength: volunteering for people with disabilities
One of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you can have is working with people living with disabilities. Get to know this community and make a difference.
Get in the game
Everyone's a winner when you team up to help your community! Pay it forward with our fun and easy playbook.
Every minute counts
Volunteer opportunities don't have to take a lot of time. You can fit service into your daily routine and make a difference in a matter of minutes.
Make your vacation a volunteer affair
Whether you're visiting far off locales or taking a needed staycation, there are fun and meaningful ways you can help others.
Add service to your birthday celebration
Make volunteering a part of your birthday celebration this year - and make it a special day for someone in need.
A fresh start gives your community a park
Service can inspire a fresh start, give someone a new beginning or reenergize an entire community. Leave a lasting impact by doing good.
Fact or fiction: volunteer edition
We set the record straight on common misconceptions.
Cell phones, books, glasses, cars - your non-traditional charitable gifts can make an extraordinary difference.
Keep your resolutions going strong
Don't let your resolutions fall by the wayside. Reinvigorate your promises to yourself while helping others and improving your community.
Reimagine your life through volunteering
Volunteering is a practical way to find a new passion, explore a new career path, or simply make yourself more marketable.
Create community by doing good
Find others passionate about giving back. Organize a volunteer project in your neighborhood. When you connect with others in meaningful ways, you'll cultivate community as you create the good!
Want to see the world while lending a hand? Volunteering can be a fun way to do good.
Care for a caregiver
Have a friend or loved one struggling with the demands of caregiving? There are many ways you can lend a hand.
Make volunteering a family affair
Create the Good has project ideas and tips that involve the whole crew - kids and grandparents included!
Volunteer from the comfort of home
Don't have a car or another way to get to a volunteering site? Can't snag a sitter for young ones at home? Create the Good's got you covered.
Get active, get outdoors!
Get outside and brighten our community today.
Music, murals, fesitvals and film: The arts offer compelling volunteer opportunities in communities nationwide.
Assist with housing, fight homelessness
Everyone deserves a place to call home. From ensuring a loved one stays in their house to supporting the homeless with food drives and more, you can strengthen your community in tangible - often unexpected - ways.
5 ways to think outside the traditional volunteer box
When people think of "volunteering," they may envision a hospital, school or shelter. Why not step onto some less-traveled volunteer raods with our list of unusual do-good opportunities?
Guide to smart(er) giving
Before you make your next donation, do your homework. Take advantage of our quick tips to make sure your generosity is doing the most good.
Clean with purpose
Open your pantry, clostes and drawers - and donate!
Help feed a family in need
Join with friends to make a profound impact on your community and learn about the Family-to-Family program.
How to hold a used book sale
Find how you can help your local community programs by hosting a used book sale event.
Start a women's giving circle
Make a great impact on a charitable organization by organizing a giving circle in your community.
Organize a food drive
Many community-based organizations can't meet the demand of a growing population of hungry Americans. Follow this project guide and help an organization near you.
Organize a shredding event
Protect your community from financial fraud with this great event.
How to hold a coat drive
Help keep those who need it warm this winter. Find out how you can help.
Help someone access public benefit programs
Educate those in your community on the financial help they can recieve once they access public benefit programs
Operation Fight Fraud
Help educate your loved ones and community on the risks of consumer fraud with this Do it Yourself guide.