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For Individual Volunteers

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

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
Volunteering 101, Sarah Erdreich, 2006
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
From Student Volunteering UK, explaining to young people how volunteering allows them to demonstrate and test their skills for the job market. , 2002, pp. 40
A Toolkit to Meaningful Volunteering, developed by the Renaissance 50 Plus Project, Government of Ontario, 2008, pp. 10
Explore is a philanthropic community whose mission is to champion the selfless acts of others" by documenting leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes." Its growing library of more than 250 original films and 30,000 photographs from around the world features a wide range of topics and everything can be used free of charge for motivation and training.
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

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.

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Alternative Spring Break

United Way of America site about ways college students can help others during their school breaks, such as rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina.

AmeriCorps Alums Blog

Features AmeriCorps stories around the world and how people continue to make a difference after their years of service.

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).

Do-it.org Blogs

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

DoSomething.org 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.

Good & Ready

Site designed to help families prepare themselves for disasters and participate in volunteer response projects. Coordinated by Points of Light.

Good Blog

"Platform for 21st century citizenship" -- offering daily snippets of a wide range of actions for social good.

Have Fun - Do Good (blog)

"A blog for people who want to make the world a better place AND have fun!" from Britt Bravo.

International Volunteer Program Association

Portal and search site providing information for volunteering overseas through a variety of organizations. See http://www.volunteerinternational.org/resources.html for an excellent list of other Web sites dealing with volunteering abroad.

International Volunteerism Resource Center from Idealist.org

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 ( http://volunteerism.meetup.com ).

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.

Time Guider & Giver

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 Idealist.org

"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.

VolunteerSpot Blog

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.

Print and e-Books in Our Store

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Revised in 2005, this book remains the only presentation of the full scope and depth of volunteer activity throughout three centuries of American history.

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A philosophic-yet-practical exploration of the universe of volunteering, attempting to describe, define, and explain how and where volunteering occurs.

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Warmly provides practical tips for adults to share the gifts of generosity, selflessness, and compassion with children of all ages and get past the gimme-gimme mind-set.

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


Ideas for how young people can discover what they care about, gain support, and implement a plan for change.

Things We Love about Volunteers

Twenty-five color cartoons that celebrate the commitment and compassion of volunteers.

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A clear, concise guide on how to communicate with people who are ill.

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Last Updated: March 26, 2015