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National Volunteer Organizations 

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4-H National Organization – 4-H enables youth to have fun, meet new people, learn new life skills, build self-confidence, learn responsibility, and set and achieve goals! Read about resources to support projects including links to the government and universities, success stories, and technology.

America's Promise - The Alliance for America's Youth - This is a national organization led by General Colin Powell, dedicated to mobilizing the nation to ensure our children and youth have access to the fundamental resources they need to become successful adults. Learn more about this organization and how you can assist.

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American Red Cross - The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Learn the history of the organization, current news, events, virtual museum, link to local sites, and information on how you can help.

American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services – This link provides helpful information for military members and their families. The Red Cross movement began on the battlefield. Today that same spirit is present in American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services provided to Active Duty, Reserve and Guard personnel and their families. Learn how you can aid the American Red Cross in its mission to help make families and communities safer at home and around the world.

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Armed Services YMCA Oversees YMCA programs for military members and their families.

Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) - Here's your opportunity to make a difference in Army quality of life. You can serve as a delegate, facilitator, recorder, transcriber, issue support person or in other volunteer capacities to support this important process.

Army Family Team Building (AFTB) - Volunteer-led organization that provides education and training to soldiers, spouses, and family members in knowledge, skills, and behaviors designed to prepare our Army families to move successfully into the 21st century.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America - Big Brothers Big Sisters of America provides one-to-one mentoring relationships between adult volunteers and children at risk. The site provides the history, stories, impact study and information on volunteering.

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Boy Scouts of America – The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America supports more than 300 local councils that provide quality youth programs, including Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, and Venturing. Select one of the links below to learn more about Scouting and the BSA. Learn about being a scout or a leader, programs, activities, badges, events, and many more things.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America – Boys and Girls Clubs of America is a youth-development organization which inspires and enables young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Its programs include drug and alcohol prevention, delinquency prevention, health and fitness, career exploration, and education enhancement.

Corporation for National Service - Established in 1993, the engages more than a million Americans each year in service to their communities - helping to solve community problems.

Citizen Corps - This broad network of volunteer efforts will harness the power of the American people by relying on their individual skills and interests to prepare local communities to effectively prevent and respond to the threats of terrorism, crime or any kind of disaster.

Family Readiness Group - The Family Readiness Group (FRG) is an officially command-sponsored organization of family members, volunteers, and soldiers belonging to a unit, that together provide an avenue of mutual support and assistance, and a network of communications among the family members, the chain of command, and community resources. FRGs help create a climate of mutual support within the unit and community.

Foster Grandparents - The Foster Grandparent Program offers seniors age 60 and older opportunities to serve as mentors, tutors, and loving caregivers for children and youth with special needs. They serve in community organizations such as schools, hospitals, Head Start, and youth centers.

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Girl Scouts of the USA – Learn how to make a web page with your troop, view a catalog, visit a GSA shopping mall, information for adult leaders, the program, links to other troops, and visit the virtual museum for a history of the Girl Scouts.

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Habitat for Humanity - Habitat For Humanity International brings families and communities in need together with volunteers and resource to build decent, affordable housing. Learn more about this volunteer opportunity and use their search engine to find a Habitat affiliate in your area.

HandsOn Network - The HandsOn Network inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. Through their network of more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers, individuals can find volunteer projects and programs in local communities. They provide training volunteer leaders.

Make a Wish Foundation - The purpose of this organization is to grant the wishes of children with terminal or life-threatening illnesses.

National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program - To assist 16-18 year old high school drop outs through a residential program and mentoring. Contains a link to a site about mentoring.

National Military Family Association - The Association has been and is dedicated to identifying and resolving issues affecting families of the Uniformed Services through research, education, legislation, and public information. Many volunteer opportunities are available worldwide.

Peace Corps - The Peace Corps engages men and women 18 years and older in international service. Peace Corps volunteers share their skills with people at the grasss-roots level to help solve some of the most important challenges that face communities in the developing world.

Senior Companion Program - Through the Senior Companion Program, people age 60 and older provide assistance and friendship to frail individuals who are homebound and, generally, living alone. By taking care of simple chores, providing transportation to medical appointments, and offering contact to the outside world, Senior Companions often provide the essential services that enable frail older Americans to continue to live in their own homes. They also provide respite care to relieve live-in caretakers for short periods of time.

Senior Corps - Three national programs comprise the Senior Corps: the Foster Grandparent Program, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and the Senior Companion Program. Each was designed to achieve specific and varying goals related to volunteer service, but all were crafted on the same belief: that senior volunteers are valuable resources to meet community needs.

Serve.Gov - Economic recovery is as much about what you're doing in your communities, as what we're doing in Washington – and it’s going to take all of us, working together. Serve.gov makes it easy for you and all Americans not only to find ways to serve in your communities, but also to create and promote your own service projects.

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Special Olympics - Nonprofit program of sports training and competition for individuals with mental retardation. Volunteers fill roles at the local, state, national and international levels, from the role of coach, to fund-raiser, to timer and scorer. Check the site for overview, competitions, local sites, and volunteer positions.

United Services Organization - The USO mission is to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military Personnel. These services are delivered in large part by the USO’s most important resource, its volunteers. From welcoming home deployed troops to relieving the loneliness of an individual Soldier/Marine/Sailor/Airman or Coast Guardsman, the volunteer contribution in delivering a "Touch of Home" is the USO’s primary asset. View the section "About the USO" to learn how to contribute by volunteering.

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YMCA – YMCAs provide values-based experiences that nurture the healthy development of children and teens, support families, and strengthen communities. This Web site offers some basic information on what YMCAs have to offer and what the Y is all about. There are links to some local sites and information about volunteering.

Youth Serve America - A resource center and the premier alliance of 200+ organizations committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for young Americans to serve locally, nationally, or globally.