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 Great "Volunteer" Websites:

  1. Local Websites:

 http://www.volunteermatch.org/

  • 4176 Local Volunteer Listings 

http://volunteerOcoee.org/

            United Way's Volunteer Center promotes volunteerism by recruiting volunteers, connecting volunteers with opportunities, publicly recognizing volunteer efforts, and directing programs that mobilize volunteers to address community problems.

http://www.tennesseescholars.org/ 

            Tennessee Scholars has a clear and focused mission: To increase the percentage of Tennessee high school graduates that are prepared for post-secondary education, the workforce, or the military.

2. National Websites: 

http://www.volunteer.gov/

            The Portal is a first-of-its-kind service that provides applicants with all that they need to find a volunteer opportunity, and serves to help them make the best match possible between their personal requirements and their choice of volunteer work throughout America's vast land base and expansive resources. The Portal is a free, fast, and efficient way to connect volunteers with natural and cultural resources agencies.

http://www.serve.gov/ 

            This initiative aims to both expand the impact of existing organizations by engaging new volunteers in their work and encourage volunteers to develop their own "do-it-yourself" projects.

http://www.yvc.org/ 

            To create and increase volunteer opportunities to enrich youth, address community needs and develop a lifetime commitment to service.

            The Don & Jean Sloan Scholarship Fund was established to encourage and reward youth who have made a difference in their communities. A $500 scholarship is awarded annually through YVC to the individual chosen.

http://www.dosomething.org/ 

            DoSomething.org is the country's largest not-for-profit for young people and social change. We have 2,215,655 members (and counting!) who work on causes they care about. Bullying. Animal cruelty. Homelessness. Cancer. The list goes on. DoSomething.org spearheads national campaigns so 13- to 25-year-olds can make an impact - without ever needing money, an adult, or a car. Over 2.4 million people took action through DoSomething.org in 2012.

http://www.pointsoflight.org/ 

            As the world's leading volunteer organization with more than 20 years of history and a bipartisan legacy, Points of Light connects people to their power to create positive change and      address the critical needs of our communities. 

List of Volunteer Awards:

United States

  • The Corporate Engagement Award of Excellence was established in 1993 by the Points of Light Institute. It acknowledges the efforts and merits of businesses for the spread of voluntary work.[23] The organization also created the Points of Light Award for volunteers (individuals or groups) engaged in problem-solving tasks.[24]
  • The Do Something Awards were set up by the Do Something youth organization, honoring the efforts of young volunteers "to change the world".[25]
  • The Gold Award of the Girl Scouts of the USA, recognizing the successful completion of a project that reaches beyond the Girl Scout organization and provides a sustainable, lasting benefit to the girl's larger community.
  • The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes is awarded to young people having organized some outstanding piece of voluntary work.[26] It was created by American writer T. A. Barron, as a memory of his mother.
  • HealthCare Volunteer annually recognizes a volunteer who provided outstanding medical, dental and surgical services to needy patients, and impoverished people worldwide.
  • Kiwanis International♙ awards its World Service Medal annually to an individual or organization that significantly enhances the quality of life of a noteworthy number of people. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium.
  • The Volunteer Match Corporate Volunteer Awards are given each year by VolunteerMatch, the U.S.-based nonprofit organization, at its annual client conference. The awards recognize companies, brands and CSR program administrators who demonstrate "outstanding innovation, commitment and leadership in corporate community involvement."[29]
  • Women of Worth, a charitable organization sponsored by L'Oréal dedicated to families in crisis annually honors women who are engaged in voluntary work.[30]