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Greater DC Diaper Bank

This DC-area charity provides essentials (including diapers and nursing items) to young families in need of assistance. Volunteer sessions (where helpers organize and put together care packages) are open to all ages, but Wednesday Whinedays are adults only and, you guessed it, feature vino.

Lucky Dog Animal Rescue

This foster-based, non-profit animal rescue offers opportunities for “volunteer when you can helpers,” where you can chip in at weekend adoption events (among other assignments) and the only pre-commitment is to sign up for a weekly newsletter.

Food For Others

Ages 12 and up are invited to sign up for weekday warehouse shifts at Food For Others, where you’ll be sorting through food donations, stocking shelves, assembling nutritious food packs for elementary school children and other tasks that make it easier for this org to provide good foods to the needy.

Capital Area Food Bank

After quickly registering online, volunteers can check out the Capital Area Food Bank volunteer opportunities calendar and sign up for duties that include working in the distribution center, community market, garden and various events that help feed the hungry in the nation’s capital as well as nearby Virginia.

Martha’s Table

This DC-based charitable organization aims to break the cycle of poverty by providing clothing, education and food to at-risk families in need. When you sign up to merchandise clothing donations or help families and children shop for gratis produce and healthy pantry items at more than 50 pop-up markets, you’re helping to bring that vision to life.

New York City

New York

Rescuing Leftover Cuisine

This non-profit saves food from NYC restaurants that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it to folks who need a helping hand. Becoming a “rescuer” is easy, usually doesn’t take more than 30 minutes out of your day, and will most likely introduce you to a new part of the city.

God’s Love We Deliver

This organization has been providing nutritious meals to New Yorkers dealing with medical issues for more than three decades. Individual volunteers chip in by working in the kitchen, delivering meals, and helping with other special events.

New York Restoration Project

Founded by Bette Midler in the mid-‘90s, this non-profit is all about bringing more nature to the Big Apple. Volunteers help plant trees, clean parks, and bring their green thumbs to various community gardens through the New York City’s five boroughs.

Harlem Grown

From mid-April until the weather turns in November, drop-in volunteers at Harlem Grown can spend a Saturday helping out on the farm on 134th street (yes, a farm in the middle of Harlem!), where tasks generally include weeding, watering, composting, and other hands-on duties.

Best Friends Animal Society

After filling out a quick online form and getting a confirmation email, you’ll be all set to chip in with this animal rescue non-profit, where you can volunteer at the Live Saving Centers, Super Adoption Weekends, and more.



Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Second Harvest Food Bank helps bring food to Floridians in need, and volunteers make it happen by packaging and organizing food at its warehouse.

Clean The World Foundation

Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions. Critically ill children and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations in whimsical villas, transportation, donated attraction tickets, meals, and much more. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 165,000 families from all 50 states and over 75 countries. For more information, visit

Give Kids The World

Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit “storybook” resort located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions. Critically ill children and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free vacations, complete with accommodations in whimsical villas, transportation, donated attraction tickets, meals, and much more. Since 1986, Give Kids The World Village has welcomed more than 165,000 families from all 50 states and over 75 countries. For more information, visit



Greater Chicago Food Bank Depository

The goal here is to end hunger in the Windy City, so when volunteers show up at the Greater Chicago Food Bank warehouse they help repackage food, deliver meals and even lend a hand with seasonal vegetable harvests.

PAWS Chicago

This Chicago-based, no-kill animal shelter offers a range of on- and off-site volunteer opportunities ranging from working with cats and dogs to operational support, helping out at events and more.

Chicago Cares

Want to volunteer while you’re visiting Chicago, but still not sure where or what you want to exactly do? Chicago Cares pairs volunteers with a large variety of non-profits. Decide if you want to participate on a skills-based or hands-on project, and you’ll be volunteering in no time.

Las Vegas


Susan G. Komen Nevada

This org is dedicated to fighting breast cancer not only in Las Vegas, but all of Nevada. Volunteers help out with everything from fundraising to helping at events.

Habitat For Humanity Las Vegas

After registering online, volunteers can easily opt to join a team to build and repair homes, as well as pitching in at various scheduled events or even lending a hand behind the scenes at the Habitat For Humanity offices.

Clean The World Foundation

Clean the World Foundation is an international development and global health nonprofit operating water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) education programs, emergency relief initiatives, and microfinancing projects targeting vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. Since 2009, Clean the World Foundation has served over 10 million individuals through its programs across 127 countries.

San Diego


San Diego Food Bank

Established in 1977, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is a critical component to the welfare of San Diego County, providing food to people in need, advocating for the hungry and educating the public about hunger-related issues. Through a combination of government programs and partnerships with nearly 500 San Diego County nonprofit charities, the Food Bank acts as a central repository and distribution point for donated food. The Food Bank distributed 28 million pounds of food in the fiscal year 2017-2018 to individuals, families, and a network of nonprofit organizations that work to alleviate hunger throughout the county. If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Bank during your next trip to San Diego, please make arrangements online at

San Diego Coastkeeper

This organization is all about making sure San Diego’s fishable and drinkable waters are safe, and volunteers are a big part of that mission. While some tasks require training, anyone can volunteer to help with twice-monthly beach cleanups.

Feeding San Diego

Feeding San Diego is solving hunger and saving the environment. We capture good food before it goes to waste and deliver it to people facing hunger. Feeding San Diego is the future of hunger relief. We are changing the way nonprofits solve hunger. FSD is the leading hunger relief organization in the county, distributing healthy food with dignity to San Diego residents facing hunger. We are the only Feeding America affiliate in the region, and have been innovating new logistical, technological, and relationship-building solutions to the problem of food insecurity since 2007.

San Francisco


Surfrider Foundation

This non-profit’s mission is to keep the beaches (and the ocean) of San Francisco clean. A big part of that includes regular beach cleanups, which are very easy to join: No RSVP is required for individual volunteers and groups consisting of less than 10 people.

Project Open Hand

More than 125 volunteers help Project Open Hand get food to sick and elderly residents of the City by the Bay every day, which means there are plenty of volunteer opportunities (think working in the kitchen and delivering food). Groups of three to 20 people can sign up and drop in to work a weekday shift.

Friends of the Urban Forest

Since 1981, Friends of the Urban Forest have planted more than 60,000 trees in San Francisco, making the city a greener place. And they’re not done yet: Volunteers can sign up to help plant trees on Saturday mornings, where they’ll be rewarded with coffee, pastries and even potluck lunch prepared by appreciative community leaders.

Alemany Farm

Alemany Farm is the largest urban farm in San Francisco, and in addition to educating folks on how to become healthy food producers, the farm also gives away all the food it grows for free. Individual volunteers can show up on a scheduled workday, get their hands dirty tending to the land and walk away with some fresh veggies.



Love Anaheim

This multi-sector service project group is all about spreading goodwill throughout one of Orange County’s most visited cities by matching volunteers with worthy causes in need of extra manpower. Volunteers can sign up to help out with ongoing projects like cleaning parks or giving fire hydrants a fresh coat of paint, or participate in one of the larger scale, multi-day Service Project Events that take place around the city four times a year.

Habitat for Humanity OC

As part of one of the most well-known charities around the world, this local chapter of Habitat for Humanity strives to provide the residents of Orange County with housing and services. Volunteer opportunities include helping out at home construction sites, working in the org’s ReStore (located in Santa Ana) and more.



Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Second Harvest Food Bank helps bring food to residents of Tennessee’s central region in need, and volunteers make it happen by packaging and organizing food at various locations in the area. Bring the kids to the Nashville outpost on Thursdays for Family Night, where ages six and up are welcome to report for duty.

Nashville Zoo

The Nashville Zoo is one of middle Tennessee’s most popular attractions, so you can kill two birds with one stone by checking out the wildlife here while also doing a good deed. Most of the one-time volunteer opportunities are found at the zoo’s weekend and evening events such as the adults-only Brew at the Zoo and holiday-related celebrations for Easter, Halloween and more.

Hands On Nashville

For more than 25 years, Hands on Nashville has been connecting volunteers of all ages to a wide variety of service projects each month. Examples include working in local food banks, community gardens, diaper banks and other organizations that aim to improve the lives of Nashville residents in need.

New Orleans


Green Light Orleans

Founded in 2006 to help with the sustainable rebuilding of New Orleans, this organization also helps locals fight climate change. Volunteers can participate in the movement by signing up to install energy efficient light bulbs in residential homes, aid in building backyard vegetable gardens, and other eco-friendly good deeds.

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank helps bring food to residents of Louisiana (particularly the New Orleans and Lafayette areas) in need, and volunteers make it happen by packaging and organizing food at the local Second Harvest warehouse