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  • A network of national service programs offering volunteer opportunities to meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment.
  • An online guide to New York City's nonprofit and small arts organizations serving the African American, Latino, and Asian American communities.
  • Located in recreation centers throughout New York and operated by the City of New York Parks & Recreation. Volunteers can teach or assist in a variety computer classes. Volunteers are also needed to help repair computers, marketing, outreach, grant writing and special events. Orientations are held monthly, contact 212-255-3066 Ext. 121 or email Kami.Griffiths@parks.nyc.gov to learn how you can help.
  • Choose a volunteer vacation abroad or assist a USA volunteer program.
  • Searchable directory of 10,000 non-profit organizations in 150 countries. Find information on events, resources, services, volunteering, and employment.
  • The largest website of its kind, Idealist.org lets you search or browse through tens of thousands of nonprofit and community organizations in over 165 countries. The Nonprofit Career Center lets you search for jobs and internships all over the world, there is an extensive list of global volunteer opportunities as well, and information for possible donors.
  • An up-to-date search site for international volunteer and internship opportunities from the IVPA.
  • Connects people with meaningful volunteer opportunities that significantly improve the quality of life in New York City. Provides links to organizations in NYC which accept volunteers.
  • "NetAid's mission is to mobilize people in developed countries to make ending extreme poverty a global priority."
  • Helps teenagers develop career aspirations by enlisting the support of experienced industry professionals entirely through the Internet.
  • A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people get more involved in their communities. Search for volunteer opportunities which match your interests and geographic location, find charities to which to donate money, and locate an elected official or media contact to voice your opinions on a variety of topics.
  • Seeks to unite and enable caring New Yorkers to help people in need and improve their city through volunteer service and creative giving.
  • Peace Corps volunteers serve in 70 countries, working to bring clean water to communities, teach children, help start new small businesses, and stop the spread of AIDS. This Website provides assignment descriptions, a guide to the application process, personal accounts from volunteers, an online application, and more.
  • Search for nationwide volunteer opportunities and resources.
  • A network of programs that tap the experience, skills, and talents of older citizens to meet community challenges.
  • Through SERVEnet, a program of Youth Service America (YSA), users can enter their zip code, city, state, skills, interests, and availability and be matched with organizations needing help.
  • Assists in the development and success of volunteer activities that can becompleted, in whole or in part, via the Internet.
  • United Nations Volunteers is administered by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UNV is seeking staff who are committed to the ideals of volunteerism and can contribute to UNV'S mission in three key areas: advocating for volunteerism, intergrating volunteerism in development and mobilizing volunteers for peace and development.
  • The United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV) is the volunteer arm of the United Nations. UNV manages this Online Volunteering service.
  • Recruits and refers volunteers to non-profits throughout all five boroughs of New York City.
  • Volunteer Solutions, affiliated with the United Way, provides an online service that helps connect individuals to volunteer opportunities in their community.
  • Find out how to volunteer at The Library.
  • A nonprofit, online service that helps interested volunteers get involved with community service organizations throughout the United States.
  • The World Volunteer Web, brought to you by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, supports the volunteer community by providing information and resources that can be used for campaigning, advocacy and networking.

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