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According to a recent survey conducted by National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), most employers expect college graduates to have experience—but how do you get that experience? Volunteering is a way to obtain valuable working experience, especially early in your college career (freshman and sophomore years), and some programs provide gap year credits. Listed below are some ideas for finding a volunteer opportunity in your local area as well as opportunities nationally and abroad.

Bakersfield
Fresno
Merced
Visalia
National Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer Abroad

Bakersfield

  • – matches inspired people with inspiring causes
  • – find possible volunteer opportunities with top nonprofits in the area
  • – work to improve lives in your community
  • – opportunities that focus on community, civic and social issues in the area
  • – various volunteer opportunities
  • – help with cooking meals, baking, events, collecting wish-list items, cleaning, data entry and more
  • – help serve meals, pack lunches, work the Easter event or collect warehouse donations
  • – become a reading coach for local second grade students
  • – help to prevent and end homelessness
  • – help people in lower-mid-range income brackets prepare their taxes

Fresno

  • - provides an opportunity to give back to your community and bring hope to cancer survivors and their families.
  • – matches inspired people with inspiring causes
  • – find possible volunteer opportunities with top nonprofits in the area
  • – lists numerous volunteer opportunities for VA Central California Health Care System.
  • – provides students with meaningful opportunities for education, training, and volunteering to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies.
  • – locate various community resource providers for possible volunteer opportunities
  • – help elementary students with letter recognition and sounds, vocabulary development, fluency and reading comprehension in the classroom
  • tree and greenway care, tree planting, community engagement and tribute tree team opportunities
  • – help with patients, events/fund development, thrift stores, community awareness and more
  • – advocate and speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children
  • – work directly with youth as homework helpers and tutors, activities assistants and college preparation support
  • – various volunteer opportunities

Merced

  • – matches inspired people with inspiring causes
  • – find possible volunteer opportunities with top nonprofits in the area
  • – become a volunteer reader, tutor or mentor and encourage others to do the same
  • – sort and bag food, provide general cleanup and participate in special projects
  • – volunteer for breakfast service, Saturday evening dinner and monthly food giveaway
  • – help to build a house once a year or help in the ReStore
  • – work directly with youth as homework helpers, tutors, activities assistants and college preparation support
  • – various volunteer opportunities
  • – opportunities in child care, nutritional support, homeless services, energy-saving programs and advocacy
  • Ombudsman Volunteers – receive and investigate complaints on behalf of residents, including allegations of abuse and neglect about residents in nursing homes and residential care facilities for the elderly. Must complete 36 hours of classroom training and 10 hours of field work. Contact: Maria Nava Program Manager/Certified LTC Ombudsman 209-385-7550 Ext. 7468.

Visalia

  • – matches inspired people with inspiring causes
  • – find possible volunteer opportunities with top nonprofits in the area
  • – help provide for the health, education and/or financial stability of community members
  • – train to become a volunteer crisis counselor or pitch in with administrative support, special projects, donation drives, facility maintenance or fundraising events
  • – opportunities to sort in the warehouse, stock thrift store shelves, provide mentoring, work events, data entry, lead worship and serve in the kitchen
  • – advocate and speak for the best interests of abused and neglected children or be a non-advocate volunteer (great for communications and marketing majors)
  • – find a variety of volunteer opportunities in Visalia
  • – volunteer to sort and pack food, pick/harvest food; work in the community distribution center; help with communications, events and outreach; work in the garden; provide nutritional education; or volunteer as a food runner
  • – provide valuable mentorship to club members
  • – become a respite/companionship volunteer or other helper

National Volunteer Opportunities

  • – America’s natural and cultural resources volunteer portal
  • – find volunteer opportunities with various federal organizations
  • – improve the lives of fellow citizens through service
  • – Improve forests/grasslands and learn about natural/cultural conservation
  • – volunteer in national parks
  • – help increase academic achievement, mentor youth, fight poverty, sustain national parks or prepare for disasters

Volunteer Abroad

  • – the world’s leading volunteer travel organization, providing impactful and affordable volunteer abroad programs
  • – safe, meaningful, affordable childcare volunteer abroad projects
  • – provides information on volunteer and internships abroad
  • – feet-on-the-street volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru
  • – volunteer and internship opportunities in developing countries around the world
  • – volunteer abroad on critical community development and environmental conservation projects
  • – offers overseas voluntary work placements including teaching, care, conservation and environment, medicine and healthcare, journalism, law and human rights, international development, business and more
  • – medical, womens’ empowerment, childcare, language, wildlife and conservation, sports coaching, disabled care, community development and teaching opportunities.
  • – public health, medical, womens’ empowerment, childcare, community development, teaching and more
  • – contribute to the community, wildlife and environment
  • – community and conservation volunteer opportunities
  • – for volunteers who have a passion for learning about the bush and conservation or those considering a career in conservation or wildlife tourism
  • – educate, feed and play with children
  • – a three-week volunteer teaching trip
  • – opportunities that focus on children and communities living in poverty as well as projects supporting animal welfare and conservation
  • – opportunities to volunteer with wildlife, care for huskies and dog sleds or help save the Amazon Amerindian way of life
  • – Work on remote community and environmental projects and face adventure and challenges in some of the most incredible areas of the world
  • – environmental, medical, media, human rights, business and teaching abroad opportunities
  • – medical services and English teaching opportunities
  • – teaching and marine/wildlife conservation
  • – opportunities in teaching, conservation, social work, medical services and animal care
  • – elephant, wildlife, community, orphanage and teaching projects
  • – matches your interests to a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and countries
  • – provides a variety of opportunities in various countries
  • – Leader Corps, elephants, Steve Irwin Wildlife Preserve, Golden Lands & World Heritage and Spanish immersion and service program opportunities available