Where to Volunteer

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Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Senior Corps is a federal program that connects more than 400,000 Americans 55 and older to service opportunities. The organization helps them become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contributes their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations.

Senior Corps offers several ways to get involved. Volunteers receive guidance and training so they can make a contribution that suits their talents, interests and availabilities.

  • The Foster Grandparent Program connects volunteers age 55 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs. Volunteers mentor, support and help some of the most vulnerable children in the United States.

  • RSVP connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From building houses to immunizing children, from enhancing the capacity of nonprofit organizations to improving and protecting the environment, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference.

  • The Senior Companion Program encourages adults 55 and older to help other seniors remain in their homes by giving families or professional caregivers much-needed time off, providing household support such as running errands, or simply being a friend to help preserve an older individual’s independence.

The Get Involved! search engine, sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and powered by VolunteerMatch, is one of the largest and most advanced on the Internet. Just enter your interest area, type in your ZIP code or state, and click the “Find Opportunities Now” button to gain access to thousands of real-time volunteer opportunities that are tailored to the skills and experience of those 55-plus.

VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. This popular service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become the preferred Internet recruiting tool for more than 79,000 nonprofit organizations.

Roger Ihle, volunteers at Strategic Air & Space Museum (SAC), NE