pages in this section of my web site are focused on people
who are not nonprofit or NGO professionals. These
resources are focused on individuals who want to make a difference
in some way, through volunteering or through a career.
The pages are written by me, Jayne Cravens. I have worked for and with nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international charities, international humanitarian agencies, government agencies, universities and for-profit companies regarding helping people, communities and the environment. You can read more about my professional work here, as well as read more about my volunteer work here. You can type my name into Google and read even more about me - I'm a real person!
My professional work is focused on those organizations, institutions and companies that help people - but my work does not always involve working directly with the clients these organizations serve myself. For instance, I offer consulting services, for a fee, to help organizations more effectively involve volunteers, but I don't offer consulting services to help volunteers themselves. Through my professional consulting, I advise organizations on involving international volunteers - and, yes, I charge for that - but I don't have any consulting services for international volunteers themselves, I don't have a volunteering-abroad program to sell, etc.
But I kept seeing the same questions again and again on YahooAnswers and Quora and Reddit and various other sites: I'm under 18 - where do I find volunteering opportunities? or I love animals and want to make a career of it - how do I do that? or I want to volunteer with seniors but I don't now where to begin or How can I devote my life to helping others all over the world? and on and on. And when I looked online for answers to those questions, the information varied in quality, and what good information I could find was all over the place, on various different web sites. So I decided to create pages that both offer my own professional expertise - for free - and that link to the best information out there, in an effort to help people - especially young people - access the best information out there and get into volunteering quickly.
Unlike the majority of pages on my web site, all of the pages in this section of my web site - the section focused on individuals who want to help somehow - have advertising links on them. Some are from Google Ads, and some are from Amazon. By clicking on the Google Ad links on these pages, you generate income that helps pay for the information on my entire web site (if I'm lucky, I get a penny a click - sometimes a bit more). If you click on any of the Amazon book links, and then buy anything from Amazon (does NOT have to be the book I've linked to), you also generate income that helps pay for this entire web site.
You get the information on my entire web site for free - but it's not free to me to provide it. Costs include web hosting, URL / domain name registration, system/information backups, purchase of software (and upgrades) and subscriptions to information sources that are not freely available. So, just as YahooAnswers has advertising on it (as does YahooGroups), to generate income and help pay their costs, including staff salaries, I have advertising on all the pages on this part of my web site, to help cover my own costs (and it only covers my web-related costs that I've named - it doesn't even begin to cover my time to create these pages and keep them up-to-date!).
I update the pages with new information at least monthly.
Detailed information on Finding Community Service and Volunteering for Teens.
How to Find Volunteering Opportunities, a resource for adults who want to volunteer
Online Volunteering (Virtual Volunteering)
Using Your Business Skills for Good - Volunteering Your Business Management Skills, to help people starting or running small businesses / micro enterprises, to help people building businesses in high-poverty areas, and to help people entering or re-entering the work force.
Donating Things Instead of Cash or Time (In-Kind Contributions)
Careers Working With Animals (for the benefit of animals)
How to Make a Difference Internationally/Globally/in Another Country Without Going Abroad
Ideas for Funding Your Volunteering Abroad Trip.
How to Get a Job with the United Nations or Other International Humanitarian or Development Organization
Ideas for Leadership Volunteering
Activities & Girl Scouts Gold Awards
These ideas are good for anyone (not just a Girl Scout) seeking ways to create or lead a sustainable, lasting benefit to a community, to have a leadership role as a volunteer. These are also good mitzvah projects.
Helping People Address Their Problems with
How to mobilize a community to clean up plastic bottles, plastic bags and other plastic waste from their environment, and how to reduce their use of such items in the future
Any activity incurs risk. The author assumes no responsibility for the use of information contained within this document.