Wednesday, July 6, 2011


We have all seen the calls to volunteer on shows like Oprah. Millions of lives have been changed thanks to the hearts and hard work of people who simply want to make a difference.

Have you ever thought of volunteering but didn’t know where to begin? Perhaps your passion is teaching adults to read, feeding sick children, making blankets for foster children, re-building houses in disaster areas, or raising money for clean water in third world countries. Whatever your goal you can find a volunteer opportunity that is right for you.

VolunteerMatch is a place where you can go to find hundreds of volunteer opportunities around the country and abroad. The website matches your skills and goals with volunteer projects.

Darlene Grieger is an 80-year-old woman who as a birthday present to herself spent 12 weeks in Costa Rica working in an orphanage. She says it was one of the best things she has ever done in her life. You can read about her experience here.

Go over to VolunteerMatch and see where your help is needed. It's never too late to make a difference.


  1. I would love to volunteer in a soup kitchen near the major holidays, but you have to sign up early or else it will be too late. However, I try to donate blood to the Red Cross as much as I can in effort to give back:)

  2. I've done volunteer work at a soup kitchen on Thanksgiving. It made me happy to be able to provide people with a nice meal. My favorite volunteering was as an adult literacy teacher. I will get back into that soon. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.