April is National Volunteer Month. It’s never too late to donate your time, skills or money to causes you care about. VMI’s guide to supporting disability charities breaks down how to get involved with volunteer work regardless of your free time or financial constraints. To further help you help others, here are six websites and apps that find you local volunteer or donation opportunities.
Apps for Volunteering
GiveGab is all about making volunteering a fun social experience. The app connects you with more than 400,000 nonprofits based on your interests and profile. It also lets you log your volunteer hours and post pictures, which other volunteers can see on the app’s newsfeed, “The Gab.”
One Today is a charity project by Google that lets you give a little bit of your money and time to change a lot of people’s lives. The app highlights a new nonprofit, organization or cause each day and lets you make tax-deductible donations. Challenge your friends to beat your donation or match theirs. You’ll receive photos and videos from people working on the cause.
Kiwanis International helps children around the world through its robust volunteering programs. More than 600,000 people volunteer through Kiwanis, and this app connects you to local opportunities.It also lets you fundraise and donate to the organization.
Websites for Volunteering
DonorsChoose lets you donate money for school supplies for teachers who work in high-need communities. Browse projects and make a donation of any size toward it. Once a project gets enough funding, DonorsChoose buys and ships the materials to the teacher. Within a few days, you can connect with who you helped.
If you want to make the world a healthier place with your volunteer experience, then check out Volunteer.gov. The website lists natural and cultural resource service projects that need volunteers. You’ll get to contribute to efforts run by the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Forest Service. Opportunities range in scale and scope, but the projects offer one-of-a-kind opportunities.
Volunteer Match is among the most well-known websites in the nonprofit world. It, and its companion app, connect you with nonprofits based on your interests, skills, time, and location. You can find practically any type of volunteer opportunity.
Volunteering is a great way to pay it forward. It helps the community, improves the lives of the recipient and the volunteer. It’s a deeply rewarding experience, and we hope you can use this list to find the perfect volunteer opportunity and make the world a better place.