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If you are interested in serving your community, there are many volunteer opportunities across North Carolina and various ways to find needs that fit your skill set. 

Why should I volunteer? 

Volunteering helps others AND is good for your health! Those who volunteer about 2 hours a week report positive psychological outcomes and fewer physical limitations than non-volunteers. Volunteering as a child or teen can help teach empathy, strengthen life-skills, and promote connectedness with the community. 

How can I find a volunteer opportunity? 

There are several ways to find volunteer opportunities in your area: 

NC 211
Visit n211.org and type “volunteer” in the search bar along with your zip code, address, or city.
United Way
Use United Way Worldwide’s search tool OR contact your local United Way. Find your local united way here.
Other Search Tools
There are various search tools in North Carolina that can help you find volunteer opportunities, depending on your location.

How do I choose the right volunteer opportunity? 

  • Learn what needs are important in your community and how you can best support your neighbors. 
  • Find an opportunity that matches your skillset and/or would help you learn a new skill. 
  • Think about your schedule and make sure you’re willing and able to commit to the opportunity you’re interested in. 

SOURCES: Volunteer Match, United Way Worldwide

Last updated 1/31/2023

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