Looking to give back, but not sure where to get started? Let the LifeBalance Community Corner help you find the right opportunity for you!
Visit these websites to find volunteer opportunities based on your interests, availability and desired commitment level!
A great resource for family friendly volunteer opportunities along with special activities for teens. Sign up to receive personal email updates of new volunteer opportunities that fit your interests!
Narrow down the opportunities by selecting the causes and populations that you would like to work with and lets you identify special skills that you would like to use in your volunteer experience!
Helps you find special opportunities for groups, adults over 55, kids and teens while keeping your interests in mind!
Want to volunteer in your own neighborhood or even in your own house? Check out these nearby opportunities!
- Team in Training (TNT)
Help fight blood cancer by increasing awareness and raising funds while getting in the best shape of your life! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team In Training offers hands-on training unlike any other program. An established network of coaches, mentors and teammates, built by The Leukemia& Lymphoma Society over the past 22 years, TNT can help you train for a half or full marathon, triathlon, century ride or hiking adventure while you help fight blood cancers!
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
The world's largest voluntary health organization, LLS is dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services, curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improving the quality of life of patients and their families. Since the first funding in 1954, LLS has awarded more than $680 million in research funding.
- Susan G. Komen Foundation
Founded when Nancy Brinker, Susan's sister, vowed to continue Susan's legacy and support of those battling breast cancer, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is now the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists. Together, the Foundation is working together to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.
- Plant A Row for the Hungry (PAR)
Partner with the Garden Writers Association and plant an extra row of produce each year and donate your surplus to local food banks, soup kitchens and service organizations to help feed America's hungry.
Learn about children battling severe/chronic life-threatening illnesses and brighten their day by sending a special homemade card (in many cases you can write to their parents and siblings too.) This can be a fun family or office activity and doesn't cost much at all!
Comfort children braving tragedy around the world. Craft a bear in your free time and follow its path through Uganda, Peru, Lebanon or one of many other locations around the world!
Find a human rights issue that interests you and join Amnesty International's Letter writing campaign. Compose your own text or use the standard letter to further the cause of your choice.
Sign up to be a “blanketeer” and use your craft skills to provide new, handmade, washable blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children ages 0-18. Project Linus welcomes all types of blankets including quilts, tied comforters, fleece blankets, receiving blankets, crocheted or knitted afghans, so all skill levels are welcome!
Engage in sustainable human development activities via the Internet and contribute your individual strengths to support all types of organizations!
Neighborhood clean up. Help make your Portland Metro neighborhood beautiful by participating in local neighborhood clean up and beautification projects!
- National Volunteer Caregiving Network (Formerly Faith in Action)
NVCN brings together people of many faiths to help their neighbors in need. Volunteers shop, cook, drive or just check in on the millions of Americans with long-term health needs. Potential volunteers in the Newberg, OR area can also check out Faith in Action, Newberg, a member organization of the National Volunteer Caregiving Network.
- Anchorage Parks and Recreation
Help keep your Anchorage Metro parks and neighborhoods looking their best by participating in local clean up efforts!
- L.A. Works
L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
- Volunteer Center of South Bay
Find ways to help improve the quality of life in San Pedro, Long Beach and the rest of the South Bay!
Portland Metro residents in building a better community!
Assists Seattle Metro residents in finding the right local volunteer opportunities!
- Volunteer Centers of Washington
Connect with the Volunteer Center in your neighborhood to discover how you can make a big impact in your very own neighborhood!
- Volunteer Centers of Oregon
Locate philanthropic opportunities by county throughout the state of Oregon and improve your local community!
- Serve Montana
With a little help from the Governor's office, you can find a perfect volunteer opportunity in near you!
- Western Montana Volunteer Center
Help your neighbors when you participate in a volunteer opportunity through the Western Montana Volunteer Center!
Looking for more out of your vacation this year? Try Voluntourism. Explore new parts of your state, country or even the world while giving back. In some cases your efforts can even lower your vacation costs.
- Habitat for Humanity
Not only do you get to build affordable housing in another country, you also get to interact with local residents and learn about another culture all the while developing your construction skills!
Help repair hurricane torn Louisiana by participating in any of a wide variety of ongoing projects. Plus, while you're there you're also helping stimulate the local Louisiana economy, giving hope that the area can be restored!
Education and volunteering are the key elements of all PEPY adventures. Explore cultures and topics that interest you while making our world a better place!
For something a little closer to home, visit Best Friends Animal Society and help thousands of animal residents find a better life!
- OID-Organization for International Development
Help OID facilitate sustainable community development by offering your skills! These trips always have room for those able to provide medical, administrative, graphic design, engineering or educational skills. Visit the website for a complete listing of current opportunities!
Work side-by-side with leading environmental researchers to understand climate change, restore coral reef health, save endangered species and habitats and preserve unique cultures.