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Top 10 Places to Volunteer and Feel Like a Millionaire

Sometimes helping others can make you feel like a millionaire.

This collection of organizations list only clubs or associations in the United States. There are many other international volunteer opportunities around the world. If you are interested in oversea chances, please check out the resources section at the end.

Habitat for Humanity

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Many people volunteer for this wonderful cause of building homes for family in need. It is a rewarding experience to give back to your community, and to help out your neighbors. When you see a house finished, and the family’s teary emotion as they move in, you know your hard work and effort had been paid off.

Animal Shelters

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The animal shelter in your area always needs an extra pair of hands. If you love animals, this is your opportunity to offer your time, and give your love to those adorable furry friends that are waiting for theirs faith.

Health Care Volunteer

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There are many things to do in the hospital. You can simply visit a sick patient, and assist him/ her with their lunch, such as opening juice box, milk, cut up their foods, etc. You can also visit terminal ill children by bringing a drawing, play puppeteer, or read him/her a story.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

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Give only four hours a month to a young person can enhance yours, and his/her life. The activity is ranging from playing sports, to board games, to going on a walk, or eating pizza. After your background is checked, for the child’s safety reason, you will be matched with a little one to mentor.

American Red Cross

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We all have heard of the many wonderful things that Red Cross is doing over the years. This is probably the biggest program in the world. The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers, prepare to train you, and get you ready for that volunteering job.

Foster Parents

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Many children need a loving home. Becoming foster parents to a child in need is challenging, as well as rewarding. Your caring, loving, and nurturing will make a big different in their life. There are many different programs that you can check out in your local area.

Special Olympic Programs

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Special Olympic is dedicated to intellectual disability adults and children to provide physical fitness, motor skills, built self-confidence, and positive self-image. For volunteer opportunity, please check out this website.

Nursing Homes

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Nursing home is a wonderful place to volunteer. I often marvel at the amazing stories from listening to their life. My personal experiences with one couple left me breathless, wondered, and totally renewed in my spirit and soul.

Meals on Wheels

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Many churches and even banks run this program through their establishments. Volunteers bring hot meals to senior citizens that are homebound, washing dishes, feed their pets, and perform light housekeeping for the seniors you visit.


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To find a library near you, go to this website, and click on your state. Library has many programs for volunteer. If you love books, or spending time in the library, this is the perfect place to give your time, meeting new people, and be involved.


When you give your time and effort helping your community or serve a good cause, not only it can change your perspective in life, it can also empower your humanity.

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  1. valli

    On July 12, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Icy, I agree with you… humanity only make us feel like a millionaire.

  2. dee gold

    On July 12, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I hope people will take time to read your article. God bless!

  3. salvatore

    On July 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    wonderful article.

  4. R.B. Parsley

    On July 12, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    This is a wonderful article. You have included many very good volunteer programs. Another good source is check out the Senior Citizen Center in your community. They too have many programs that you can investigate. The ones you wrote about that really touched me the most were the nursing homes, animal shelters and of course Big Brother/Big Sister Programs and the Meals on Wheels.There’s nothing like seeing the face of a child or senior when you offer them a helping hand. With a good many of these people you will find you have not only made a difference in there lives, but you will also find you’ve made a pretty good friend. Excellent article Icy!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!!

  5. Moses Ingram

    On July 12, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    This is a great article and so true. There are never enough volunteers yet everyone has a talent for something and it does make one feel great. Good job.

  6. Ruby Hawk

    On July 12, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Wonderful suggestions for volunteering. There are so many places that depend on people donating their time.

  7. Judy Sheldon

    On July 12, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Icy, this is truly a beautiful article. You cannot outgive God, and I know He has a special place in His heart for those who do His work, and you are one of His angels. God bless.

  8. Terri Lane

    On July 13, 2008 at 1:12 am

    A challenging article, I hope it producers some more volunteers. Volunteering is also a fantastic way of making new friends. The nicest people volunteer.

  9. Anne Lyken-Garner

    On July 13, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Such a lovely and heartwarming article. We all have our bit that we can do to make the lives of others more bearable.

  10. Sandra L. Petersen

    On July 14, 2008 at 8:49 am

    This is a wonderful collection of volunteer opportunities. When I was a 4-H leader, our club visited the nursing home several times. One of our daughters worked as a volunteer in our public library for three or four years. Another place to find out what volunteer opportunities exist is through your local churches. They sometimes know of families and programs in your community that need assistance.

  11. quiet voice

    On July 14, 2008 at 11:33 am

    ….Hi IC, what a great service, you have
    done for others, listing all these volunteer
    organizations. Hopefully, people will do more
    for these special groups. Take care.


    On July 21, 2008 at 10:09 am

    Thanks for this excellent post!Take care, sister Icy!

  13. Denny Lyon

    On September 13, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    another smart article from you, thank you!
    also, let’s not forget the art museum education programs. I ran a Special Needs program for a metro art musuem (as the trust fund babies didn’t think it was glamorous enough for their resumes). It was more fun, especially the so-called behavior problem kids who had lots of personality and spunk!

    consider participating as a volunteer at your local art musuem for all the kids who are new to exploring the world of art – especially when they don’t have to worry about being tested on it later! ~ d

  14. D. Lynn

    On February 16, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Very good advice – volunteers are always needed in these organizations and so many more. Volunteering is also fun!

  15. Mbunmi

    On August 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Thanks for this inspiring way of looking at volunteering. We could volunteer more in many situations and everybody would be the better.

  16. asdf

    On January 30, 2010 at 6:47 am

    volunteering sux!

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