Volunteer Opportunities:
Here are some volunteer opportunities posted by different members of ASFSC. If you know of any, please log in and post them.

online volunteering website launched by a '02: ifihadahammer.org


if I had a hammer is a new volunteering site that connects folks with time or resources -- in any amount -- with visionary NGOs around the world who could really put 'em to good use.

have an old camera you need to rehome? love to play with Picasa now and then? whatever you've got to offer -- a dozen computers or a single beautiful photo, a couple of hours a week or a couple of hours a year -- why not put this to work for a cause you care about?

ifIhadahammer.org was founded in late August 2009 as a catalyst for collaboration, connecting NGOs working for social justice around the globe with people who'd like to lend a hand -- with whatever they have to offer, right where they are.

the University of Michigan graduate student (and D '02) who started this up had done various on-site volunteering stints in developing countries and was impressed by how often, in the social justice world, the best ideas come from the smaller, grassroots organizations led by locals. and while traveling to another country to help build a house or teach in a school can be a wonderful, life-changing experience, sometimes it can be just as helpful to offer resources to empower local NGOs in that country in the work they're engaged in. so, part of the mission of if I had a hammer is to further social justice -- in humanitarian work, women's rights, children's rights, public health, education, animal rights, environmental conservation, etc. -- by plugging the grassroots NGOs struggling for these causes into a global network of "virtual volunteers" and resources.

at the same time, there are lots of folks out there who have skills these NGOs need -- like web design, editing, or just uploading photos -- but who may not know how to get connected with the causes they support, and who may not necessarily be able to make a large time commitment. if I had a hammer was inspired in part by much larger venues like idealist.org, but aims to fill the need for a more informal option to accommodate a wider range of volunteers and skills, with an emphasis on collaboration via the internet, rather than on-site volunteering. while we welcome volunteers who are able to commit to regular hours or large chunks of time, we also welcome those who are just able to spend 20 minutes ironing out some web issues, or sketching a logo, for a worthy young NGO. in addition to this, we welcome the chance to facilitate the "freecycling" of used electronics, art supplies, or any other material resources to good causes.

posted by Megan K. Ahern 02 | posted September 11, 2009 | updated September 10, 2009 | contact poster


Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund
Are you ready to make a positive impact on women's health care?

Volunteer for the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion (EMA) Fund!

Connect Financial Resources to Reproductive Rights:
The EMA Fund provides grants to ensure that all women without adequate resources can have safe and timely abortions.
posted by Sarah E. Morton 05 | updated October 17, 2007

Seeking penpals for blind students in St. Petersburg
Please forward to anyone with interest/contacts in Russia: Seeking penpals with blind Russian university students, to help spread the word to U.S. students/classes, to brainstorm with us about finding support, to find people who will take things to Russia, etc. (M.N. Adamov Fund is a small Boston-based nonprofit with ties to Dartmouth's Russian department)
posted by Karsten A. Barde 04 | updated October 14, 2007

Work with some Bronx kids!
The South Bronx Charter School I helped found and currently work for is looking for volunteers.
posted by Jared Alessandroni | updated October 14, 2007

Sponsor a summer theater program!
Do you want to work with a rocking great set of people and wonderful Bosnian high school students?
posted by Sabrina A. Peric 03 | updated February 4, 2007

Grupo FARO: Public Policy and Pro-poor Reform in Ecuador
Unpaid internships available to work in public policy initiatives at a local NGO. Projects include work in decentralization/local economic development, education reform and contributing to the public debate.
Details at http://www.grupofaro.org
posted by Andrew R. Carreras 06 | updated December 1, 2006

Volunteer opportunity in Boston
Lots of volunteer opportunities at an amazing charter school in Boston!
posted by Meredith L. Liu 04 | updated August 23, 2006

Help manage an international development organization
The IHF is an international development organization focused on connecting communities abroad with academic communities in the United States. The IHF was founded at Dartmouth, and has a continued presence there. The IHF seeks individuals to join its volunteer central staff and, if qualified and willing to make the prerequisite commitments, the IHF board.
posted by David W. Morse 03 | updated May 9, 2006

Make a difference in a student�s and nonprofit�s life this summer!
New Sector Alliance is launching a prestigious Nonprofit Summer Internship Program in Boston this summer. The New Sector Summer Fellows Program will place 35 competitively selected college students with 35 prominent Boston nonprofits to implement a capacity building project that the host and a New Sector Program Manager have structured and scoped together. We are now looking for 35 Mentors to help our students as they complete their projects.

Please see below for more detailed information. If you would like to become a Mentor, please email Valerie Bockstette vbockstette@newsector.org with your resume and �Summer Fellows Mentor� in the subject line.

posted by Rachel A. Roth 02 | updated April 7, 2006

Great Volunteer Opportunities in NY area
NY Cares is a great organization that offers very well-organized, project-based volunteer opportunities in the New York area (Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, etc.) All you have to do is attend a one-time orientation session for an hour, and then you're free to sign onto any of their many projects, doing everything from weeding a garden in the LES to walking dogs in Brooklyn to teaching adults computer literacy in the East Village. It's a very minimal commitment (sign on for one project or twenty), ideal for working professionals who don't have a lot of time to contribute but want to make a big difference when they do. -- Check it out at www.nycares.org --
posted by Evelyn Chen 01 | updated July 13, 2005

Community Based Technology Center in El Salvador
Volunteer needed to manage the technological, business, and programmatic aspects of a community based technology center in the Bajo Lempa region of El Salvador.
posted by Gary E. Weissman 02 | updated June 26, 2004

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