55+ Volunteering Research

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About.Com: Nonprofit Charitable Organizations
"Information about nonprofit organizations, management, fundraising, grant writing, volunteers, nonprofit employment and nonprofit start-ups."

America's Literacy Directory
Provides a directory of literacy programs across the United States, searchable by city and zip code.

Big Brothers Big Sisters
For more than a century this organization has been matching young people with adult mentors. Its site includes a database of local agencies, searchable by zip code.

Corporation for National & Community Service
A government-sponsored program providing volunteer opportunities. Includes a finding tool for identifying state-sponsored opportunities.

Cross-Cultural Solutions
This overseas volunteer program enables participants to experience other cultures while working on local projects. (A program fee is required.)

Generations United
This organization works to improve "the lives of children, youth, and older people through intergenerational strategies, programs, and public policies." Includes an
"Intergenerational Program Directory" listing opportunities around the country.

Habitat for Humanity®
This international "Christian housing ministry" helps build homes for the homeless. Volunteer opportunities are available in both the U.S. and abroad.
Operated by Action Without Borders whose mission is "to find practical solutions to social and environmental problems, in a spirit of generosity and mutual respect." Includes a
database of worldwide volunteer opportunities, plus a "Nonprofit Career Center" listing internships and jobs.

This organization is comprised of a national network of mentoring programs. Its site includes a large database of mentoring opportunities, searchable by zip code. Museum Directory
A comprehensive directory of museums throughout the United States, providing a useful contact list for docent opportunities.

Peace Corps
Official site of this well-established overseas volunteer program.

Reading Is Fundamental
This forty-year old organization, dedicated to promoting family literacy, lists volunteer opportunities on its web site.

A non-profit organization whose mission is "to facilitate and increase community involvement via the internet. [They] seek to collaborate with and complement existing organizations and build community resources to get more people involved." The site lists volunteer opportunities available through Volunteer America, allows you to search for non-profits in your local area and has a section about the "why and how" of volunteering.

Volunteers of America
This is a faith-based nonprofit organization providing services to various population groups. Includes a description of its programs and a listing of local offices.