3 Websites to help you discover volunteer opportunities

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) Volunteering is good for your health and the community. According to everydayhealth.com volunteering increases wellbeing and lowers depression. Opportunities to give back are abundant here in West Michigan. You can start your search for volunteer opportunities today by using any of the following three websites.

1. Idealist.org

Idealist.org allows you to search for volunteer opportunities by location, but it gets even better. A search for homeless and the city Grand Rapids returned more than 50 results. The results in the left sidebar were then broken down further by areas of focus, such as housing and homelessness, community development, volunteering, poverty and hunger, youth, human services, family, philanthropy, disaster relief, religion and spirituality.

2. Volunteermatch.org

allows you to search for opportunities by keyword and zip code or city. Once you’ve found an opportunity you like, you can contact the non-profit directly to express interest. A search using 49508 and kids yielded 31 results ranging from classroom assistants to host families for international students.

3. DoSomething.org

lists thousands of volunteer opportunities. Geared more toward young people, this website is a great resource for kids and teens that are looking to give back to the community.

Related: Photos: 9 Ways to Give Back to the Community 

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