Three Simple Ways to Find Volunteer Opportunities

Originally published on the Leadership for Educational Equity blog.

We all know how important it is to take time off to relax and reset — and hopefully you found some time this summer do just that.

But what about taking the time to give back?

Countless LEE members across the nation — from Baltimore to the Bay Area — are finding time to volunteer with local organizations of all stripes dedicated to lifting up their communities.

Volunteering is a great way to give back, grow your leadership and make a difference in the lives of students and your community. If you’re interested in volunteering but don’t know where to begin, we’ve put together a list of organizations and websites that can help you get started on your search. is a great website that matches what you love or care about to a volunteer opportunity. You can find local listings for volunteer opportunities in your community or you can look through virtual listings to find opportunities.

Some of the organizations involved:

University of Chicago Urban Education Institute

Community Help In Music Education (CHIME)

New Haven Education Foundation

Idealist is another great website that lists not only nonprofit jobs and internships, but also posts volunteer opportunities. Their mission serves “to close the gap between intention and action by connecting people, organizations, ideas and resources.”

Some of the organizations involved:


Firm Foundation Leadership Coalition, Inc.

Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service

Leadership for Educational Equity Job Bank

Besides career options, LEE’s Job Bank occasionally has part-time and/or volunteer possibilities. Remember, you must be signed in to review the job bank.

There are many ways one can volunteer their time, it’s just about finding the perfect place that best fits your skills and your passion.

What are some of your favorite organizations to volunteer at? Tell us in the comments below.


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