Want to Help Kids or Animals or Veterans?

Looking for the right volunteer opportunity—one that suits your skills and interests? These organizations can help.

Want to lend a hand to someone in need, but don’t know where to start? A number of organizations keep listings of volunteer opportunities throughout the region, including Greater DC Cares, Idealist, VolunteerMatch, and, for young adults, City Year.

Retired? Experience Corps, Senior Corps, and Interages can refer you to charities that need a helping hand.

Some organizations specialize in matching skilled professionals with pro bono work, including the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington’s Business Volunteers for the Arts, the Taproot Foundation, and, for MBAs, Compass.

City and county governments also have volunteer offices that can suggest good charities that need a hand. Here’s where to find a volunteer project near your home:
Alexandria Volunteer Bureau, 703-836-2176.
Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, 410-897-9207.
Arlington County Volunteer Office, 703-228-1760.
Volunteer Fairfax, 703-246-3460.
Volunteer Frederick, 301-663-5214.
Volunteer Center Serving Howard County, 410-715-3172.
Volunteer Loudoun, 703-777-0113.
Montgomery County Volunteer Center, 240-777-2600.
Prince George’s Volunteer Center, 301-699-2800.
Voluntary Action Center of Prince William Area, 703-369-5292.