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Summer is the perfect time for students to volunteer. There are hundreds of local organizations that need your help, such as museums, retirement homes, hospitals and homeless shelters. Whatever time you can give makes a difference -- no effort is too small.

Do Something is online community that hopes to inspire kids and teens to make a difference in their communities. Learn how to start a Do Something Club at your school and get volunteering ideas. You can also discuss issues with other young activists on the message boards.

The key to community service is finding the organization that fits your interests. The following sites should help with your search.

General Resources

Use these online directories to find volunteer opportunities in your neighborhood. You can search by your zip code and field of interest.

  • VolunteerMatch
    Choose opportunities by location and time commitment.

  • Idealist.org
    With thousands of volunteer opportunities listed, you're sure to find one that suits you.

  • SERVEnet
    Enter your zip code and get information about volunteer opportunities in your area.




  • Young Volunteers
    Ways to make a difference, categorized by topics such as people, children, animals and the planet.

National Organizations

These nonprofits help people in many ways all across the country. Contact your local chapter to volunteer your time.

  • Kids Care
    Kids Care Clubs seek to empower children so they become contributing members of their community.

  • Habitat for Humanity
    Habitat can always use workers and donated supplies to build houses for needy families.

  • The Salvation Army
    This well-known institution works with a wide range of social, medical, educational and community services.

  • Key Club
    High schools across the country host branches of this community service club. If your school doesn't have a chapter, learn how to Build a Key Club.

To learn more about charities and volunteering, visit GiveSpot.com.




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