How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Your Community
We live in a world where there are so many non-profit organizations looking for volunteers. With this kind of variety at our disposal, the issue is not so much finding one but finding one that will be more suited to you and what you hope to accomplish. Whether it is helping with animals once a week, or building a house once a year, there are opportunities out there to fit those needs, and it is simply a matter of finding them. Luckily, with technology vastly growing, there are many websites catered to finding the right volunteer opportunity in your community.
VolunteerMatch has about 77,000 different opportunities, so you are certainly going to be able to find something that best suits you. It also has an easy to use a database that allows you to cater the search to what you are looking for. You simply have to type in your zip code and a keyword about the kind of activity you want, and it will give you a list of opportunities in your area for that particular activity.
Idealist.org is another great site that allows you to find volunteer possibilities. It caters to what you want and what you are looking for to help you find the exact kind of opportunities you need. Similar to VolunteerMatch, you type in your city, and then there is a drop-down sidebar that allows you to look for events. The site also updates you on ongoing volunteer opportunities, as well as one time asks from non-profits. Also, if you are looking for a career in this field, you can search for jobs and internships that are available.
SmartVolunteer works under the motto of “skills-based giving – it’s not just for lawyers anymore.” With this mantra, SmartVolunteer provides a simple way to donate your skills to charitable organizations and other places looking for volunteer work. The opportunities this site emphasizes are in finance, technology, marketing, and human resources; and the best part is that if you are unable to go to the site, you can search for “virtual” opportunities where you would need a computer with reliable Internet connection.
All For Good
All For Good is the largest online database for finding volunteer opportunities, so you are bound to find something that suits your needs to make a difference. Every month, they update their site with 150,000 volunteer listings in major cities. All For Good also helps United We Serve and is also part of Point of Light which is the largest volunteer network in the world.
Tips to Finding a Child Sponsorship Program
Looking for charitable organizations which offer child sponsorships can be a difficult task when you consider the potential risks that may arise. You never know whether or not your money is going to the cause you believe in; with that in mind, it is important to do the necessary research when you decide you want to make such a long-term commitment, even if the amount is small. Here are some tips that should help you as you search for a suitable child sponsorship program.
You want to consider the countries that the child sponsorship program targets as some of them offer children in more than one country. It is important to determine which country you are truly invested in; ask yourself if you even have a preference for which country you focus on; you will find that most organizations focus on countries in Africa and Asia, but there are also plenty of potential opportunities available here in the United States. So considering your preferences for location is a great first step in the right direction.
Is it individual or community-based
As you continue on your search, you will find that there are programs that offer programs where the money will go directly to the child you are sponsoring, and then there will be other programs that will take the money to support the community where the child lives. Both will be focused on helping with improving these children’s’ lives in areas such as education, better nutrition, and medical care. So think about what you want the money to go towards; would you rather the money go directly to the child or their community?
Do they work well with money?
It is your money, after all, so you want to be sure that where you are donating is fiscally responsible. You want to make finding an organization that is accountable and has a good track record of using their funds a top concern when considering where to be a sponsor. You want to be sure that the money they receive goes to that specific cause you want it to go to and isn’t being allocated to fundraising and administrative needs. Look for financial reports as these child sponsorship charities should be pretty transparent with that and if you are unable to find it, that should immediately be a red flag.
This might seem like to most practical thing to consider, but you want to know how much it costs to be a sponsor. You want to be sure that it is something that you can reasonably work into your budget where you can make that long-term commitment. Most charities have a flat monthly that ranges anywhere from $10 to $100.
The Difference Between Charity and Philanthropy
Both charities and philanthropic organizations have an essential place in society, but it’s important to realize that these two words do not mean exactly the same thing. Both a charity and philanthropic organization are going to have similar broad objectives which are to make the world a better place, but there are several distinct differences that set these two apart.
A charity, like one that offers to clothe to the homeless, will be focused on helping people now that have an immediate need or concern. Having clothing or food is extremely important for survival and the places that offer these necessities are called charities. A charity offers answers to a problem that needs to be fixed immediately but doesn’t offer long-term solutions that would remedy the issue across society. For example, homelessness is a problem across the country that needs to be addressed immediately. Charities give the homeless a place to stay with food and basic needs, but a philanthropic organization would take an in-depth look into why homelessness is an issue and what can be done to prevent it. It could be providing better educational opportunities to youth and young adults or making affordable housing much more accessible to everyone. Whatever the case may be, philanthropic organizations try to take an objective view at the issue and come up with a root cause of the problem.
When a natural disaster like a hurricane or tornado strikes, the people that respond to requests from the area are considered to be a charity organization because they are reacting to something that needs to be fixed as soon as possible. Philanthropic organizations are more likely to look closely at the current situation, analyze the issue, and provide solutions it or make it run more efficiently. In the case of natural disasters, a philanthropic organization may take a look at what happens when people lose their homes and how to systematically prevent homelessness and the events that often follow a natural disaster.
Whether you believe it’s better to help people short-term through charity or over the course of many years, there’s no denying they both have a rightful spot in society. Both illustrate the societal issues that trouble our world and are taking steps to make life easier for those that need help.
Terry currently serves as the Managing Director of Strategies Now, Inc. Over the years, Terry Newmyer’s work in the health industry has allowed him to hone skills such as strategic planning, mission guided leadership, market reach, wealth building through partnerships and philanthropies, product development, and physician recruitment and relations.
In 2013, Terry Newmyer came to Florida and opened the Strategies Now office, where he delivers marketing strategies to clients and works across multiple industries to support growth and development to achieve the projected results of their vision.
Early Career and Healthcare
Soon after receiving his Master’s degree at Andrews University, Terry became the Senior Vice President of the Lakeland Regional Health System in St. Joseph, Michigan, where he was responsible for marketing, planning, communications, managed care, education, physician services, and foundation management. Between 1988 and 1994, Terry helped increase the system-wide revenue from $65 million annually to $250 million. Terry later moved to Dallas and worked as a consultant for KPMG LLP, National Strategy Practice, where he started as a Manager and became a partner. There, Terry was responsible for launching a new consulting office that within two years of opening included twenty consultants and was achieving $10 million of annual revenue.
Terry Newmyer went on to found Strategies Now Inc., where he now serves as Managing Director. Terry then moved to Florida, where he resides today, to continue his work at Florida Hospital as the Senior Vice President of Business Development and Chief Development Officer. One achievement at Florida Hospital included securing sixteen new alliance contracts worth over $90 million of net value to the Hospital with various Fortune 500 companies such as GE, Walt Disney World, Olympus, and Nike. In 2007, the company completed a $100 million fundraising campaign over a year ahead of schedule and the following year exceeded the goal by $30 million.
Terry Newmyer was eventually offered a position as the President and CEO of Northern California Network Adventist Health in California and was responsible for the management of five different hospitals. During his tenure, the flagship hospital, St. Helena Napa Valley, earned the designation from NRC Picker for being the hospital in the Western USA with the highest overall patient satisfaction and received five-star recognition from Health Grades in twelve different service lines.
Terry attended Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts for his undergraduate studies, where he received of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and was awarded distinguished honors as a cross scholar. Upon graduation, he attended Andrews University in Michigan for his Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing.
At Andrews University, Terry Newmyer was the Coordinator of Student Labor and housing, the Director of Marketing and Student Financial Services. He was also the President of Andrews Industries. Terry was responsible for various ranges of tasks, including managing a student apartment complex, networking both in and outside of the college community, keeping records of student finances, and managing diversified enterprises at Andrews University. As the President of Andrews Industries, Terry Newmyer was responsible for six businesses that that included a furniture factory, printer, bindery, retail plaza, motel, and an electronics company.