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VOLUNTEERING Learn how we volunteer throughout the nation and beyond.


What can you do to help your community? Our retail sales associates created a list of volunteer opportunities that reflect their interests and their passions. Some of the projects are deeply connected to our mission; others are simply good causes that benefit the neighborhoods surrounding our stores. You're invited to catch the volunteer spirit—and share your experience on our Facebook page or on Twitter: @EILEENFISHER.
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Girl Scouts Beyond Bars
This unique program brings the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls
and their mothers who are incarcerated. Volunteers are needed to mentor
girls and drive them to events and monthly meetings. Use the link below
to find a program in your state.

Meals on Wheels
Enter your ZIP code and find a location near you. Help deliver meals
to homebound seniors and prep, pack and serve meals. Volunteers are
needed to make regular phone calls to check up on seniors.

Reading Partners
By committing just one hour per week, you can share Reading Partners'
easy-to-follow curriculum with a struggling reader. Volunteer in CA, CO,
MD, NY, OK, SC, TX and Washington, DC.

Helping Hands for Single Moms, Goodyear
Our Scottsdale store is passionate about this group, which helps
single moms get a college education. Among its needs: donated
legal, dental, medical, optical and beauty skills.

Ryan House, Phoenix
Help create a home-like setting for children with life-
threatening conditions and their families. Play games, do
crafts or assist with housework, laundry and cooking.

Alameda Food Bank, Alameda
This food bank needs help with everything from stocking and
delivering food to at-home writing of grants.

Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena
Promote arts education by helping with videography and
photography, event planning, landscaping, maintenance,
and office work.

Deborah's Palm, Palo Alto
This center for women hosts monthly informational coffees
for volunteers. Learn how you can match your passions
with existing programs and services.

Girls for a Change, San Jose
Help young women design, lead and implement social change
projects by coaching a Girl Action Team or lending your
professional and organizational skills.

Girls on the Run, Los Angeles
Get girls running toward confidence by being a volunteer
coach or assisting at the season finale 5K run.

Image for Success, San Rafael
Help women transitioning to self-reliance by outfitting
them with new wardrobes. Also needed: marketing, PR,
public speaking and image consulting skills.

It Gets Better Project, San Francisco
This project has started a movement with more than 50,000
user-created videos that offer personal support for LBGT
youth facing bullying and discrimination. Send in a video
and share content from the video library and BETTERLegal
library, which is designed to support legal services

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, San Francisco
Muttville rescues older dogs with great personalities that
are often not adoptable. Volunteers are needed to help with
dog baths, walks, transportation and temporary homes.

Pathways to Independence, Los Alamitos
Support young women with difficult lives on the path to
independence. Needed: volunteer physicians, dentists,
licensed therapists and experienced mechanics.

Spark, San Francisco
This philanthropic network of young professionals invests
in grassroots women's organizations in order to ignite
global change. Volunteer at networking events and get a
free membership, which entitles you to help select grant
partners—and more.

10 Books a Home, East Palo Alto
Help prepare disadvantaged children for kindergarten.
Meet once a week with a preschooler (and his or her
parent) to teach school readiness skills.

Homes with Hope, Westport
This center for the homeless needs volunteers to mentor
women in the WIN program, cook and serve dinner at the
Community Kitchen, maintain gardens, and donate skills.

Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades, Lake Worth
Help this group dedicated to restoring the everglades by
working on environmental projects, mentoring young people,
doing community outreach and more.

Friends in Service Here (FISH), Sanibel
FISH is a walk-in human services center. Help out by
delivering meals, answering phones, assisting in the food
pantry and more.

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida
This group serves 15,000 girls ages 5 through 17 in
multiple counties. Volunteer to be a mentor, share a
skill or help out with Scout activities.

Harbor House of Central Florida, Orlando
This shelter operates a 24-hour crisis hotline and
advocates for thousands of domestic violence survivors.
Answer calls, serve as a court advocate, babysit and more.

Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs
Help provide compassionate care to patients
and families. Visit, run errands or volunteer
a special skill–hair styling, massage and pet
therapy, videography, graphic arts.

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation, Sanibel
This environmental group needs volunteers to lead
bird-watching outings, monitor sea turtle and
shorebird nestings, work on trail maintenance,
and more.

Second Chance Last Opportunity, Sarasota
SCLO provides educational training to at-risk
teens, homeless and low-income families. Volunteer
to be a mentor, lead a workshop–or help at the
farmer's market booth.

Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Naples and Immokalee
Help out on the crisis hotline, in the shelter or in
the resale shop. Volunteers are also needed for the
Speaker's Bureau, dedicated to raising awareness about
domestic violence.

SPARCC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center), Sarasota and DeSoto Counties
SPARCC needs volunteers to answer hotline calls, serve
as court advocates, help with client intake, serve meals,
provide child care—and more.

A Long Walk Home, Chicago
Dedicated to ending sexual violence, A Long Walk Home
needs volunteers for office tasks, with graphic art, IT,
photography and art therapy skills, and as workshop

West Suburban PADS, Oak Park area
Dedicated to fighting homelessness in 20 suburban
communities, this shelter needs help to set up
sleeping pads, assist with meals, work at the
front desk and assist guests.

Women in Need Growing Stronger, Cook and Lake Counties
Dedicated to ending domestic violence and
homelessness, this group needs volunteers to
answer the crisis line, provide activities for
children at the safe house, work as translators
and staff the resale store.

House of Ruth, Baltimore
This center for domestic violence survivors needs
volunteers to provide child care and front desk
coverage, as well as assist in the resale shop.

Our Daily Bread, Baltimore
Especially on weekdays, this hot meal program needs
everything from a casserole coordinator to a dining
room exit navigator.

A Place to Turn Food Pantry, Natick
Help provide emergency food and clothing. This pantry's
most urgent needs: volunteers to run a food drive or
stock, pack and deliver groceries.

Bikes Not Bombs, Jamaica Plain
Help process used bikes to ship overseas to developing
countries. Participate in Thursday volunteer nights or
sign up to teach young people to rebuild bikes.

Burlington Community Food Pantry, Burlington
Volunteer jobs include answering phones, stocking
shelves and delivering groceries.

Carroll Center for the Blind, Newton
Visually impaired community members need help to shop, go to church, and get out and about. More tasks: teacher's aides, office helpers, grounds work and maintenance.

Centre Street Food Pantry, Newton
Coordinate a food drive or assist clients
as they shop at the pantry.

Family Promise Metrowest, Natick
Support homeless families with children by
tutoring, translating, preparing meals or
setting up bedrooms.

Father Bill's & MainSpring, Quincy
This refuge for the homeless needs help in
meal service, vegetable gardening, and
facility maintenance and administrative tasks.

Friends of Hampshire County Homeless Individuals, Northampton
Stay overnight at the homeless shelter and set
out breakfast in the morning. Volunteers are
needed to shuttle laundry, assist with meal prep,
do outreach—and more.

Greater Boston Food Bank, Boston
Help this food bank provide at least one meal
a day to those in need. Inspect, sort and pack
food in the warehouse.

Hingham Elder Services, Hingham
Drive some of the most entertaining and
appreciative citizens of Hingham to stores,
hair salons and medical appointments. Use the
senior center van or your car.

Rosie's Place, Boston
Through this sanctuary for homeless women,
you can teach ESL, help with arts workshops,
serve meals or spend an hour visiting a lonely
woman in her home.

Transition House, Cambridge
Help women affected by domestic violence—
babysit, coordinate children's crafts and teach
computer skills. Volunteers are needed to
translate Spanish, Haitian Creole and Chinese.

The Women's Lunch Place, Boston
At this daytime shelter for homeless women,
you can assist in the welcome center, serve
meals or help guests with computers in the
resource center.

Made for Freedom, St. Louis
This social enterprise sells its own brand
of bohemian pants to help end sex trafficking
in India. Volunteers raise awareness by
hosting "Sex Trafficking: What Is True and
What to Do" events.

Community FoodBank of NJ, Hillside, Egg Harbor Township
These food banks need volunteers to sort food
and children's clothing, prepare mailings, and
help with community food drives.

Jersey Cares, statewide
This innovative group matches volunteers with
statewide needs: the environment, wellness,
seniors, children and youth, homelessness,
hunger, and animals.

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, Cornwall-on-Hudson
Stock the warehouse, serve on an advisory board
and fundraising committees, and help answer
phones and take shopping orders.

Friends of Karen, Metro Area
Support critically ill children and their families
by organizing school supplies, Thanksgiving baskets
or holiday "adopta-family" programs in Westchester,
Long Island and NYC.

New York Cares, NYC
Search the volunteer pages and see what are the most
urgent ways to help—citywide.

Safe Homes of Orange County, Newburgh
Help survivors of domestic violence by covering
a hotline, providing court accompaniment,
babysitting or assisting in the shelter.

Girls on the Run, Charlotte
Be a volunteer coach or site liaison and help
girls get running toward confidence—at a
critical age.

Humane Society of Charlotte
Assist with animal care and socialization,
both in the shelter and in foster homes.
Donate professional services or help out
in the office.

Oregon Food Bank, Portland, Beaverton, Ontario, Tillamook
Work at these diverse locations to repack
food donations, lead nutrition education
classes, maintain gardens, and help in the
office or at events.

Tualatin Riverkeepers, Tualatin
Help preserve rivers, streams and wetlands by
participating in a cleanup day or a depaving
project to reduce impervious ground coverage.

Home of the Sparrow, Exton
This group provides housing and supportive
services to low-income women. Help by tutoring,
babysitting, gardening, redecorating rooms,
repairing fences—and more.

Laurel House, Norristown
Help at this shelter to support domestic
violence survivors. Laurel House operates two
upscale thrift shops, Marian's Attic in King
of Prussia and Laurel's Loft in Lansdale; both
need donations and volunteers.

People's Emergency Center, West Philadelphia
Help homeless women and their families by
organizing a personal care donation drive,
tutoring in an after-school program and lending
your skills.

Magdalene and Thistle Farms, Nashville
Magdalene is a home to support women who have
survived lives of prostitution, trafficking
and addiction. Many are employed by Thistle
Farms, a social enterprise that manufactures
natural bath, beauty and paper products.
Volunteer to farm thistles, make paper,
teach classes and more.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, Nashville
Volunteer as an individual or a family to
pack food donations, including backpack meals
for hungry children to take home on weekends.
Other needs: meal prep and sorting.

FareStart, Seattle
FareStart gives the homeless and disadvantaged
culinary job skills—and uses the food they
make to feed the hungry at shelters and senior
centers. Volunteers are needed to deliver meals
and serve as wait staff.

Hopelink, Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Shoreline, Carnation
This food bank and emergency services organization
needs volunteers to stock, sort, drive, babysit
and more.

Knit for Life, Seattle
Help cancer patients and their caregivers through
the gentle healing experience of knitting. Start
an inpatient or outpatient program or teach
knitting at a hospital.

Powerful Voices, Seattle
Help build strong girls through programs that
promote social justice. Lead a workshop, help at
events, serve on committees and be part of GirlCrew.

Reel Grrls, Seattle
Empower teenagers from diverse Seattle
neighborhoods through media production. Be a
mentor or teach music composition, motion
graphics, scriptwriting, editing, sound design,
lighting and digital camera use.

Skate Like a Girl, Seattle
Help girls gain confidence by teaching
skateboarding skills. Or volunteer to work
on the Web, social media and more.

The Sophia Way, Bellevue
Support homeless women by teaching computer
training and life skills education. Or collect
food to stock the shelter pantry, prepare meals
and organize clothing donations.