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Volunteering not only has a positive effect on your community, it can also help you find a job and advance your career.

Volunteers in local communities help Goodwill® fulfill its mission every day — helping both individuals and families find a job, build their skills and strengthen their finances. We can help connect you with a variety of opportunities to get involved with Goodwill, including sharing your knowledge with people considering entering your career field, mentoring local youth and more.

Volunteer Benefits

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There are many professional and personal benefits to volunteering, including the opportunity to:

  • Expand your network. Volunteering allows you to build your social skills while developing new contacts and referral sources.
  • Learn new skills. Many programs provide valuable training and opportunities to learn new skills, as well as to utilize and refine existing skills.
  • Explore new careers, causes and organizations. As a volunteer, you gain the opportunity to learn about a new career field and get exposure to an organization without having to make a long-term commitment. You also get the opportunity to learn more about a specific cause and understand the differences between nonprofit, government and other sectors.

If you’re looking for work, here are some statistics to which you’ll want to pay attention. Overall, volunteers have a 27 percent greater likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than those who don’t volunteer. This increases to a 51 percent likelihood if you lack a high school diploma and a 55 percent likelihood if you live in a rural area.

Read a Report on the Benefits of Volunteering

Online Opportunties

Career Mentoring

Counsel other individuals who are interested in entering your career field by becoming a virtual career mentor for GoodProspects®. GoodProspects is a unique online community that matches career coaches and mentors and job seekers in specific regions and industries. You can help guide individuals as they seek to enter, change or increase their knowledge in select occupations.

Youth Mentoring

Many Goodwill agencies in the United States also offer opportunities to mentor young adults ages 12-17 through the GoodGuides program. One hour a week is all it takes to make a difference in the lives of youth in your community.

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On-the-Ground Opportunities

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 build skills and re-enter the workforce. Retirees may teach English as a Second Language classes and mentor students; a school may organize a donation drive.

Your time and talent are always needed. Use the VolunteerMatch form below to look for volunteer opportunities near you.


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Corporate Opportunities

Create meaningful activities in the workplace that inspire your employees and empower them to support their community. Goodwill’s employee donation drive program delivers tangible impact that your company can track and celebrate. Visit our partner opportunities page for more details on how your business can work with Goodwill.

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