Everyone has something to offer as a Goodwill® volunteer, including you.
The people who donate their time are as diverse as our programs and services. Families may serve meals at a homeless shelter run by Goodwill, while individuals may lend their expertise to help veterans and others earn a living wage. Retirees may teach English as a Second Language classes and mentor students; a school may organize a donation drive.
Our volunteers help improve the lives of people in need.
Here are just a few ways that you can help us strengthen lives, families and communities:
- Mentor youth. Get matched with youth. Develop a one-on-one relationship and help your mentee gain skills, be successful in school and succeed in life.
- Lend your job skills. Contribute your knowledge to help others advance their skills — teach classes, review résumés or conduct mock interviews. You can help give a competitive edge to people searching for a career.
- Prepare taxes for people with low incomes. Currently, more than 50 local Goodwills are involved in free tax preparation services. Help others avoid predatory tax-filing services and claim critical tax credits.
- Volunteer to support Goodwill’s America’s Heroes and Their Families initiative and lend your skills to help veterans and military spouses find career success.
Everyone has their own reasons for helping others.
Some of the best reasons to volunteer include:
- Making a difference in someone else’s life.
- Building your skills and resume, and networking with others.
- Having fun and meeting new people.
- Creating a lasting change in your community.
Your time and talents are always needed!
Locate a volunteer opportunity using our search tool or contact your local Goodwill. If your local Goodwill doesn’t have the kind of volunteer opportunities you’re looking for, tell the staff about your skills and interests. They may be able to place you in a great opportunity. You may also visit All for Good to find additional opportunities to help military families.
Spotlight on Goodwill Volunteers
Goodwill’s 2012 Volunteer Program of the Year
The volunteer tutoring program at Goodwill Easter Seals of the Gulf Coast (Mobile, AL) helped more than 540 individuals improve their literacy skills by providing one-on-one instruction in schools, libraries, churches and other convenient locations in 2011. In June, Goodwill Industries International honored Mobile Goodwill Easter Seals as the 2012 Volunteer Program of the Year.
Goodwill’s 2012 Volunteer Leader of the Year
Steve Purich, a retired financial planner with a 42-year career, has volunteered more than 800 hours in two years at the GoodGuides® Youth Mentoring Program at Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley (Johnstown, PA). As the lead volunteer recruiter, Purich encourages community and business leaders to serve as mentors to at-risk youth in the region. For being a tireless advocate for youth and a steadfast supporter of the Goodwill® mission, Purich was named the 2012 Elsine Katz Volunteer Leader of the Year.