Volunteer Organizations A - Z
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begin your search for volunteer options.
Learn How to Help a
Child or Adult Through Literacy Tutoring -
You Know a 7-14 Year Old Michigan Child That Has an Incarcerated Parent?
If you can...skip a stone, sip a milkshake, throw a Frisbee, listen to
music, read a book out loud, sit on a park bench and talk, watch a movie,
visit the zoo, shoot hoops, ride a bike, hit a bucket of golf balls...then
you can change a life by just being a friend.
Promise The Alliance for Youth - Founding
Chairman, General Colin L. Powell
America's Promise seeks to mobilize people from every sector of American
life to build the character and competence of our nation's youth by
fulfilling Five Promises: *Caring Adults *Safe Places *Healthy Start
*Marketable Skills *Opportunities to Serve.
An Action Tank for national service, City Year seeks to
demonstrate, improve and promote the concept of national service as a
means for building a stronger democracy. An 'action tank' is both a
program and a 'think tank' - constantly combining theory and practice to
advance new policy ideas, make programmatic breakthroughs, and bring about
major changes in society. City Year's vision is that one day, the most
commonly asked question of a young person will be, "Where are you going to
do your service year?"
Points of Light Foundation, along with
nearly 500 Volunteer Centers across the country, engages and mobilizes
millions of volunteers in their local communities to help solve serious
social problems. Click on the organization's name, and view a US map, to
find the Volunteer Center and opportunities to serve near you.
is an online service that matches prospective volunteers with service
opportunities in their communities. People enter their zip code, area of
interest, and distance they're willing to travel, VolunteerMatch presents
an extensive list of service options. The site also contains direct links
to service opportunities at large national organizations such as the
American Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, and Goodwill Industries.
Community Service Division - The Michigan Community Service
Commission (MCSC) funds and supports programs that encourage all Michigan
residents to volunteer.
Red Cross: Chartered by Congress in 1905,
the American Red Cross is a private nonprofit humanitarian organization.
It is also the largest disaster and emergency relief organization in the
nation. This site provides links to volunteer leadership opportunities at
Red Cross headquarters and at chapters around the country, as well as to
the Red Cross section of VolunteerMatch.
Idealist.org is a global
meeting point for individuals and the nonprofit community. Information and
opportunities are provided by 28,000 organizations in 153 countries,
serving over 20,000 users every day. Users can search for volunteer
opportunities in their neighborhood and around the world as well as find
valuable information about volunteering and nonprofit sector in general.
Network for Good, an independent, 501(c)(3) organization, was
founded by the AOL Time Warner Foundation and AOL, Inc.; the Cisco
Foundation and Cisco Systems, Inc.; and Yahoo! Inc., in partnership with
over 20 nonprofit foundations and associations who share the desire to
foster the informed use of the Internet for civic participation and
philanthropy. The Website aggregates content and resources from these
leaders, organizes them and makes them available in one comprehensive,
easy-to-use destination, which also helps to expand the reach,
effectiveness and pervasiveness of all of Network for Good's nonprofit
Corps Senior Corps, a program of the Corporation for National and
Community Service, engages people ages 55 and older in service through
three main programs. Volunteers use their experience and skills to assist
local organizations and meet a wide range of community needs.
Run by the organization Youth Service America, an alliance of more than
200 organizations committed to increasing opportunities for young
Americans to serve, this online service and resource center links
volunteers of all ages to causes in their communities. Users enter their
zip code, city, skills, interests, and availability and are matched with
organizations that need help.
Way: A nationwide network of volunteers and
community service agencies organized into local chapters, United Way
raises funds to meet the health and human care needs of millions of
Americans every day. Volunteer opportunities can be found most easily
Centers of Michigan: Connect with your Volunteer Center: Call
1-800-VOLUNTEER* When prompted, punch in your Zip Code. You're
instantly connected to opportunities to help in your community, through
your local Volunteer Center! Then smile, you've done a good thing!
*1-800-VOLUNTEER is a service of the Points of Light Foundation. You
can also contact them via phone, fax or email: Volunteer Centers of
Michigan, Judy Tymowicz, Director, 1048 Pierpont, Suite 3, Lansing, MI
48911, Tel: (517)492-2430, Fax: (517)492-2444, Email:
Youth With Disabilities to Adults With a Similar Disability to Build
New England States, California, and New York
PYD on the web:
Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) aligns youth with disabilities to adults with a similar
disability with the purpose of developing a mentee/mentor relationship. We
also have fabulously successful theatrical programs, entrepreneurial
programs with state representatives as our key note speakers and health
classes taught with our partner the Y (YMCA/YWCA).
The youth are age 6 - 22 and they often look to their assigned mentor as a
role model, a champion and a friend. We have two programs that provide
direct `Mentor / Mentee' relationships;
Partners On Line - this program allows the relationship to exist and grow
via the internet / email at a minimum.
Mentor Match - This program requires in person meetings, at least 1 a
month and contact via phone and email (if possible)
All relationships are subject to security checks. We have experience with
The geography we cover spans New England, New York, and Berkeley, CA. We
have hundreds of active relationships and a waiting list of over 100
We are constantly on the search for donated computers and software so we
can outfit the children and adults in need with the tools to fulfill their
Mentee / Mentor relationship.
If you are interested in learning more about being a Mentee or a Mentor
and you live in the aforementioned regions, or you know of someone who
does and may be interested, please email Lisa at
Our Mission is to provide the youth with disabilities a resource and a
friend but we can't do it without your help.
The Michigan Volunteer Registry is LIVE
The Office of Public Health Preparedness (OPHP) has officially launched
the MI Volunteer Registry. The on-line system is currently taking names
and information from willing volunteers prepared to assist in the case of
a natural or public health emergency.
Individuals interested in volunteering will indicate their interests and
contact information in a secure, electronic environment. Information can
then be queried and appropriate volunteers contacted by authorized
personnel via e-mail or text pager. Doctors, nurses, behavioral health,
emergency medical services personnel, ancillary support staff, and other
individuals interested in helping are encouraged to register. Volunteers
will also have access to topical information regarding specific events,
exercises and drills, or general knowledge and training.
To register go to
www.mivolunteerregistry.org. You may also visit the OPHP Website at
www.michigan.gov/ophp for more
information. Additional help is available by contacting
email@example.com or 866-636-6324.