Volunteering isn’t only good for the people you serve—it’s good for you, too. It can improve your health physically and benefit you mentally, giving you the pleasure of helping others and the challenge of solving issues in your community.

Here are some places to look for a volunteer opportunity that inspires you and ways to recognize outstanding volunteers:

New! Opportunity to recognize outstanding volunteers in state programs

  • NASUAD is proud to announce the 2013 Volunteers Matter: Excellence in Volunteer Services Awards. This initiative is designed to highlight successful state-run programs that are leading the way in the creative use of volunteers in the long-term services and supports network. The award is open to programs that help older adults and persons with disabilities in the long-term services and supports system.

    Programs must be statewide in scope and operation. Winning programs will demonstrate innovations in one or more of the following:

    • Promoting intergenerational interaction
    • Incorporating Baby Boomers as volunteers
    • Including Veterans as volunteers or recipients
    • Creative strategies for recruitment and retention of volunteers of varying backgrounds, ages and abilities

    Three awards will be given at the 2013 HCBS Conference. Winners will receive:

    • A cash prize of $1,000 to be used to strengthen the winning volunteer program
    • An all-expenses paid trip to the 2013 HCBS conference, September 9-12 in Washington, D.C. where each winner will be recognized and highlight their program’s success with the other winners in a joint workshop
    • A NASUAD press release highlighting the program along with recognition on the NASUAD website

    Submissions will be accepted now through May 30th, 2013. Winners will be notified in June, 2013 to prepare for formal announcement at the 2013 HCBS conference.

    Click here to submit your organization’s entry for this award.

    Click here to see descriptions of the winning programs from 2012.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Eldercare Locator:  Find a program in your local community to serve older adults.
  • AARP Create the Good: Find new opportunities to do service in your community that fit your life and interests–whether you have five hours or five minutes. Need ideas? Check their how-to-videos and guides.
  • Experience Corps: Search 19 cities across the country for opportunities to tutor and mentor, providing literacy coaching, homework help, consistent role models and committed, caring attention.
  • Senior Corps: Volunteer through these programs:
    • Foster Grandparent Program: Connects volunteers age 55 and over with children and young people with exceptional needs. Volunteers mentor, support, and help some of the most vulnerable children in the United States.
    • Senior Companion Program: Brings together volunteers age 55 and over with adults in their community who have difficulty with the simple tasks of day-to-day living. Companions help out on a personal level by assisting with shopping and light chores, interacting with doctors, or just making a friendly visit.
    • RSVP: Connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From building houses to immunizing children, from enhancing the capacity of non-profit organizations to improving and protecting the environment, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference.
  • Serve.gov: Find ways to volunteer in your community—or create your own. This website is part of a nationwide service initiative that helps meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn.
  • VolunteerMatch.org: Search volunteer opportunities in your area. VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement.