For Individual Volunteers

Materials written directly to and for (and sometimes by) volunteers about volunteering.

The Art of Crazy Paving: Volunteering for Enhanced Employability, 2008

This is a summary of the contents of a book from Student Volunteering UK (2001) that is no longer available online.

Citizenship, Barbara A. Lewis, What Do You Stand For?, Free Spirit Press, 1997
Day 6: Find Your Successor, Carol E. Weisman, pp. 33-4, F.E. Robbins & Sons, 1998
Do Volunteers Want to “Talk Amongst Themselves”?, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2015
The Just-a-Volunteer Syndrome, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 1999
On Being a Dream-Catcher, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2000
Stop Volunteers from Being Their Own Worst Enemies, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2013
Ten Tips for Volunteering Wisely, Independent Sector, 2011
Volunteer Rights Inquiry - Reports, 2010

Material from the innovative Inquiry conducted in the UK, 2009-10.

Volunteers Should Not Be Second-Class Taxpayers, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2008
Voluntourism - Pros, Cons, and Possibilities, Susan J. Ellis, Energize Hot Topic, 2007
What Not to Say, Simon and Karen Fox, pp. 11-13, Adventures in Caring Foundation, 2000
Youth Can Change the World, Mosaic Youth Center with Jennifer Griffin-Wiesner, pp. 7-10, Search Institute, 2001
Study by Womens Way in Philadelphia shows how critical business skills, like problem solving, coaching/mentoring, and public speaking are developed and improved through volunteerism. , 2006, pp. 16

Guide for prospective volunteers from Build Aboard, written by Becca Peets.

, 2015, pp. 58

When newspapers in England reported of serious breaches of trust between volunteers and their organisations in 2009, Volunteering England was prompted to set up the Volunteer Rights Inquiry to begin to understand the nature and scope of the problems experienced by volunteers and identify suitable remedies. This Interim Report goes into detail about the findings of the intensive set of hearings held.  In 2014, a Final report of the Call to Action Progress Group following the Volunteer Rights Inquiry was produced by NCVO.

, 2010, pp. 32
Career Volunteer

Career Volunteer is "here to make it easier for you to search and recruit trustees, skilled volunteers, potential mentors, and Board Members for your charity, NGO or social enterprise...By skilled volunteers we mean people who can provide pro bono assistance in specialist areas - marketing, finance, fundraising, strategy or people with technical abilities in other professions." Career Volunteer gives you access to fully funded expertise and Board-level skills from outside the sector, provided on a pro bono basis -- candidates are drawn from large corporates participating and funding the programme.  Also have an interesting blog, "Volunteers do it for free" at


Community Toolbox

The Community Tool Box offers over 7,000 free pages of practical guidance on essential skills for building healthy communities for people working to make a difference. The resources are organized by: 1) Learn a Skill (training in specific skills of community work); 2) Plan the Work (Toolkits outline tasks, examples, and supports for 16 core competencies); 3) Solve a Problem ("Troubleshooting Guides" for common challenges, questions for analysis, and links); 4) Use Promising Approaches (Evidence, examples, and links); and 5) Connect with Others (Learn from others by asking an advisor and finding other online resources). Blogs

Personal stories from volunteers in the UK about their volunteering experiences, with emphasis on young people. Blog

All about young people (teens and 20-somethings) and social change.

Everyday Giving Blog

All about different ways of giving to help others and making the world a better place, by Roger Carr.

Exploring Volunteering (blog)

By Patrick Daniels, UK-based volunteer and international activist. The blog's tag line: "Notes on thinking and research about the development of volunteering."


A "social network for volunteers" that "helps volunteers find volunteer opportunities they’re passionate about in their local community and beyond, log volunteer hours, communicate with friends and create a volunteer resume. Volunteer managers at nonprofits, schools, alumni associations and  businesses can use GiveGab to create and manage events, promote their programs, recruit volunteers, track volunteer hours and report on all the good they’re doing in their communities."  Offer many free resources as well as paid services.

International Volunteer Program Association

Portal and search site providing information for volunteering overseas through a variety of organizations. See for an excellent list of other Web sites dealing with volunteering abroad.

International Volunteerism Resource Center from

A free, comprehensive source for information, tools, and strategies for making informed decisions about engaging in meaningful international service.

Kindness: New Ways We Give and Volunteer

USA Today's "daily source of inspiration and guide to making a difference in fresh and exciting ways," giving individuals the chance to share the volunteer service they do on a Kindness forum.


Innovative site that assists in "organizing local gatherings about anything, anywhere." This free service also enable "volunteerists" to get together to plan community service projects ( ).

Pack for a Purpose

Organization helping travelers to pack 5 pounds of needed supplies and deliver them to community-based organizations around the world. Slogan: "Small Space. Little Effort. Big Impact."

Pro Bono Junkie's Blog

A blog for those interested in integrating the pro bono ethic into their careers -- giving their time and talent to strengthen nonprofit organizations.

Pro Bono Junkie's Blog

A blog for those interested in integrating the pro bono ethic into their careers — giving their time and talent to strengthen nonprofit organizations. Part of the Taproot Foundation site.

PTO Today

Wonderful publication and online resource for parent-teacher organizations -- but with all sorts of useful nuggets for ANY all-volunteer organization.

ServiceSpace Blog

"ServiceSpace was conceived by volunteers, was built by volunteers, and is run by volunteers -- all for the benefit of volunteers. Our projects range from a daily positive news service, to an acts-of-kindness portal, to a gift-economy restaurant." The blog is an exchange of reflections among volunteers about inspiration and service. Blog (formerly VolunteerSpot)

Online scheduling site VolunteerSpot's blog shares ideas, tips and best practices for informal volunteer leaders about improving the volunteer experience, fundraising and streamlining volunteer coordination.

Time Guider, Giver & Spark Creator

Jody Weyers launched this blog to "connect people with their passion," posting frequent commentary and inspiration about volunteering for volunteers but also for leaders of volunteers.

Volunteer Resource Center from

"Your starting place for learning more about and finding great volunteer opportunities around the globe" -- with various articles about volunteering in general.

Volunteering in Europe: A Guide to Volunteer Success

Various articles with tips for anyone considering volunteering abroad.

Volunteers' Perspectives

First-person essays on the experiences of UN Volunteers promoting peace and development all over the world.

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A how-to guide to fulfilling the role of board treasurer, written in simple, clear language for the non-accountant.

Video of a 2014 TEDxUOttawa talk (11 minutes) by Tuan Nguyen, a young Canadian philanthropist and entrepreneur. Surviving death during his escape after the fall of Viet Nam in 1975, he sees the world from a lens of gratitude and has been the foundation for all his hopes, dreams, and vision. His stories demonstrates how volunteerism (mainly fundraising events) is the best platform for professional and personal development. 

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