Over the past two decades there has been a growing body of research that indicates volunteering provides individual health benefits in addition to social benefits. Perhaps the first and biggest benefit people get from volunteering is the satisfaction of incorporating service into their lives and making a difference in their community and country. The intangible benefits alone- such as pride, satisfaction and accomplishment- are worthwhile reasons to serve.
In this section you will find resources to start the process of becoming a more informed board member or volunteer. They include local and national resources as well as information for nonprofits, corporations, and individuals.
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- Hands on Network
The volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute and is the largest volunteer network in the nation.
- Points of Light Institute
Points of Light Institute helps put people at the center of transforming their communities.
- Reimagining Service
Reimagining Service is a self-organized community of individuals from nonprofits, government, and the private sector. The group created a resource guide to help nonprofits make the case for funding to support volunteer management and to share information with funders on the value and need for providing this type of financial support to nonprofits.
- United Way of Greater St. Louis
The United Way's Volunteer Center is our region’s main resource for volunteering. We connect people to quality opportunities to serve, build capacity for local volunteering, raise awareness of the value volunteers bring to our communities and mobilize volunteers to effectively and efficiently meet local needs.
- Volunteer Match
VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect.