Volunteering feels good, is a great way to make a difference for people in your community AND offers many professional benefits.

Overall, volunteers have a 27 percent greater likelihood of finding a job after being out of work than those who don’t volunteer. Those who lack a high school diploma have a 51 percent greater likelihood, and for those who live in a rural area, it’s 55 percent.

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  • Expanding your network. Volunteering allows you to build your social skills while developing new contacts and referral sources.
  • Learning new skills. Many programs provide valuable training and opportunities to learn new skills, as well as to utilize and refine existing skills.
  • Exploring new careers, causes, and organizations. As a volunteer, you can learn about a new career field or organization without having to make a long-term commitment. You might also learn more about a specific cause and find out about the nonprofits, government agencies, and others that are involved in it.
  • Enhancing your résumé. Volunteer work can really make your résumé shine by giving you relevant experience and showing that you have dedication. Learn more about putting volunteer work on your résumé.


Everyone has something to offer as a Goodwill volunteer, including you. Use the form below to look for other volunteer opportunities near you.

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Nothing builds team spirit like working together on a common goal. Bring your company to volunteer with Goodwill for an experience that’s sure to inspire and unify. Visit our partner page to learn how your business can work with Goodwill.