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How to Volunteer Without Leaving Home How to Volunteer Without Leaving Home

Do you want to make the world a better place, but you also identify as internet trash and haven’t left the house in three days? (Or have a legitimate reason you can’t go out?) It’s OK! You can help from your couch or even from your computer chair.

How to Not Join Your Kid's School PTA  How to Not Join Your Kid's School PTA 

The pressure to join the Parent-Teacher Association at your child’s school starts early and continues often over the course of their elementary career. The pull is especially strong for those of us who are either stay-at-home parents or work-from-home parents because we recognize that our schedules provide more…

Why You Shouldn't Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen This Thanksgiving Why You Shouldn't Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen This Thanksgiving

Soup kitchens are going to be really busy on Thanksgiving and the following day. Not just with their usual clientele, but also with the glut of volunteers that always want to help out on those particular days. Volunteering is great, but maybe take another look at your schedule.

How to Train Your Dog for Therapy Service How to Train Your Dog for Therapy Service

Dogs are pros at making you feel better when you’ve had a bad day or you’re couch-bound while sick, and they can help other people feel the same expansive dog love with a little training. Training your dog to be a therapy dog means they’ll be able bring joy to children who are stuck in the hospital, provide…

What You Can Do Right Now to Help the People of Syria What You Can Do Right Now to Help the People of Syria

This week alone, people in Syria have been gassed and then bombed. After years of horror, the pictures of suffering children even got through to our president’s cold heart. If you feel the same way, here are some things you can do to help.

“When You Don’t Know What to Do, Help Someone Else” “When You Don’t Know What to Do, Help Someone Else”

We’ve all had moments in which we’ve felt completely hopeless and helpless. During those moments, you struggle to figure out how to move forward. Sometimes it doesn’t seem like there’s anything you can do to move forward. When all else fails, try helping someone else.

Cope With a Job Loss or Layoff By Volunteering Cope With a Job Loss or Layoff By Volunteering

Getting fired or laid off can be a frustrating, emotional experience. You’re not sure what to do with your time, and worse, sometimes you start to question your value. Volunteering gives you a productive outlet for coping with the situation.

Use Your Coding Skills to Help Solve Civic Problems at Code for America Use Your Coding Skills to Help Solve Civic Problems at Code for America

If you have programming or design skills, you can use that talent to help improve communities by working on projects for city governments.

How to Fit Volunteering into Your Packed Schedule How to Fit Volunteering into Your Packed Schedule

Volunteering is a great way to give back, but can be difficult to do if you’re focused on your own stuff. Here are a few ways you can volunteer without disrupting your current lifestyle.

Volunteer at National and State Parks to Score Free Amenities Volunteer at National and State Parks to Score Free Amenities

From the gulf stream waters to the redwood forests, the US has some absolutely amazing national, state, and regional parks. If you have a favorite park you visit yearly, or a park on your bucket list, you might be able to volunteer in the park and stay for free.

How to Pick the Right Charity and Maximize Your Donations How to Pick the Right Charity and Maximize Your Donations

An important aspect of having well-rounded finances is charity. Giving is generally accepted by many personal finance experts as an essential part of good money management. Your giving, however, should be like other aspects of your financial management—an effort should be made to ensure that you are getting the best…

LinkedIn Can Connect You to Non-Profits for Volunteering Opportunities LinkedIn Can Connect You to Non-Profits for Volunteering Opportunities

Most people use LinkedIn to connect with coworkers old and new, meet new people in their field, and search for jobs or networking opportunities. Now, the service can help you find volunteering opportunities too, and match you up with non-profits that need your skills and can offer you valuable experience in return.

How Can I Contribute to Charities Without Donating Money? How Can I Contribute to Charities Without Donating Money?

Dear Lifehacker, I’d love to give to charity, but I don't have a lot of cash lying around. If I do get some spare money, I want to make sure it's donated responsibly. How can I get involved in a way that really helps people?

Ask for Reference Letters From Volunteer Jobs Ask for Reference Letters From Volunteer Jobs

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience as well as give back to a community. When you're done with an event or project, however, get a letter of recommendation to go along with your resume.

What Should I Know Before I Change Careers? What Should I Know Before I Change Careers?

Dear Lifehacker, I'm thinking about changing careers. My current job feels like a dead end, and I'm thinking about doing what I love for a living. What should I do before I make the leap? How can I make sure I get a decent job when do?

Get Into Events for Free by Volunteering Get Into Events for Free by Volunteering

As long as you're willing to do a little work, you can get into many concerts, plays, and conventions without paying a dime. Just sign up to be a volunteer, suggests personal finance blog Wise Bread.

Beef Up a Too-Short Resume with Detailed Accomplishments and Volunteer Service Beef Up a Too-Short Resume with Detailed Accomplishments and Volunteer Service

Recruiters only read your resume for about six seconds before moving on, but if you've been unemployed or you're fresh out of school looking for work experience, your resume may be so bare that six seconds is long enough. Here's how to spice it up with useful data that'll help you land a job.

ProBueno Turns Your Talents into Donations for Your Favorite Charities ProBueno Turns Your Talents into Donations for Your Favorite Charities

Whether your talents involve playing video games, coding and app development, baking cookies, or something else that you're really good at, ProBueno is a new webapp that lets you put your talents to good use by volunteering them up in exchange for charitable donations to the non profit organization of your choice.

What Can I Do To Help After A Disaster? What Can I Do To Help After A Disaster?

Dear Lifehacker, Hurricane Sandy was rough on me. Now that my power is back on and I'm getting things back to normal, what can I do to help people who are still struggling?

Learn the Skills Employers Want by Volunteering Learn the Skills Employers Want by Volunteering

Volunteering in your spare time isn't just a good way to help the community, it's a great and free way to learn the skills you need to make a career change or get promoted in your current job.

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