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The Helpline Center proudly welcomes you to our volunteer database! As the community's volunteer center, we are excited to offer you this incredible resource, connecting you with volunteer opportunities that match your interests, skills and the time you have to give. For personalized assistance, dial 2-1-1.

For the past 40 years the Helpline Center has been serving the nonprofit community by helping them find the volunteers they need when they need them most. While a lot of things have changed since our beginning, one thing remains the same... we are committed to helping you find just what you need. That way you can focus on what matters most, helping others!

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Happy International Volunteer Managers Day

By helplinecenter. Mon, 05 Nov 2018

  International Volunteer Managers Day (IVMDay) was founded and observed for the first time in 1999. The push for IVMDay was led by American Nan Hawthorn who helped form a committee to explore a day recognizing the work of Volunteer Managers. IVMDay was developed in order to bring recognition to individual Managers of Volunteers and […]

Holiday Guides

By helplinecenter. Mon, 22 Oct 2018

The 2018 Holiday Guides are now available! www.helplinecenter.org/holidayguides Each year the Helpline Center creates Holiday Guides for those who need help and those who want to help during the holiday season. Separate Guides are available for those who are in need of assistance, wish to volunteer, give items to nonprofits, or attend special events that […]

How To Volunteer As A Senior

By helplinecenter. Tue, 09 Oct 2018

Adapted from an article found at: http://www.aginginplace.org/how-to-volunteer-as-a-senior/ Ramona Griego, an 81-year-old retiree, had recently lost her husband and her diabetes wasn’t getting any better. She soon developed depression and was looking for a way to improve her situation. After looking at different available options, Griego soon turned to volunteering. According to the AARP this was an excellent […]

Volunteers Are The Worst

By helplinecenter. Tue, 15 Aug 2017

Imagine you are a pretty senior person in a corporate job. Someone tells you there are twenty people who are dying to volunteer for your department. Volunteer, not intern – These folks get paid nothing in exchange for the experience and knowledge that they are helping you in getting your big job done. And they are (I repeat!) free labor. They will do anything you […]

Successful Campaigns Empower Volunteers—Then Let Them Lead

By helplinecenter. Thu, 06 Jul 2017

By Kenny Torrella | April 6, 2017| Nonprofit Quarterly Abby Monkarsh had always cared about animals. She grew up in Jericho, New York, a small Long Island town. When she turned 11, her family adopted their first dog from a nearby animal shelter. She eventually became a vegetarian, and soon after college she was hired […]

Upsides of workplace volunteer programs revealed in Deloitte survey

By helplinecenter. Thu, 06 Jul 2017

Deloitte’s 2017 Volunteerism Survey conducted in May interviewed 1,000 U.S. adults ages 18+, employed full- or part-time, who have volunteered in the past 12 months. Its objective was to explore how employed Americans view volunteerism in the workplace and their understanding of the impact and benefits to communities, self and business. A number of interesting […]

20 Volunteer Ideas for Teens & Families

By helplinecenter. Thu, 15 Sep 2016

By Susan Williams   As our children are moving into the high school years we are encouraging them to seek opportunities to get involved in the community through volunteering. Volunteering provides many benefits for teens. By participating in community service activities teens can meet new people, learn the value of serving others, build life skills,explore potential […]

7 Ways to Get Millennials Involved with Your Cause

By helplinecenter. Fri, 19 Aug 2016

Millennials are one of the most talked about generations. Many nonprofits are searching for ways to involve them with their cause. Want to learn how to involve the younger generations with your cause?

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