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Florida Nonprofit Helps Homeless, Earns 178 Reviews and Five-Star Rating

Leave a Comment April 2, 2014

Amid the woods and swamps of rural Citrus Country, Fla., Mission in Citrus—a small nonprofit offering homeless shelters and services—has garnered a whopping 178 reviews on GreatNonprofits.  Despite the fact that it operates on a shoestring budget with two paid employees, Mission in Citrus also receives an average rating of five stars (the highest rating possible). We inquired with its founder, Pastor James Sleighter, to learn more about how Mission in Citrus earns such high marks from those it serves. (more…)

About the 2014 Top-Rated Awards

Leave a Comment March 18, 2014

 

Top Rated Awards: Coming April, 2014

The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards has been running since 2009. Think of the program like a people’s choice awards where volunteers, donors and people served by the great work of each and every nonprofit can cast their vote in the form of a review to express their appreciation and potentially win nonprofits a spot on the List.  Read about the previous Top-Rated winners.

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How to Make Social Sourced Reviews Work for Your Nonprofit

Leave a Comment January 3, 2014

Think about the last time you bought something online. Did you look at Amazon or Google reviews first? Did you use Yelp to find a great local restaurant? Did you use TripAdvisor to help coordinate your last adventure? Or go to CitySearch to find a hotel?

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International Travel and Do-Good Opportunities

Leave a Comment August 23, 2013

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Leave behind more from this summer than bad tan lines and stale cotton candy. Have an adventure and make a difference. Check out some great travel volunteer opportunities as recommended by the community at GreatNonprofits.org. You can experience different cultures, the diverse beauty of this world – and help a child to read, build a bridge, or contribute to rainforest research.

Peru

Create wildlife or flora guides, monitor wildlife and forest growth, teach English, map uncharted areas of the rainforest

You’re walking through the Amazonian rainforest just as sunlight is starting to spill through the tips of the canopy leaves; a crimson-tailed hummingbird flits through the air and a capuchin monkey scrambles between tree branches. Working with Amazon Conservation Association, which is dedicated to preserving the biological diversity of the Amazon Basin, you can explore Amazonian nature as a conservationist striving to ensure that the beauty of these rainforests lasts for generations to come. There’s a lot you can do to preserve these forests – you can create wildlife and flora photoguides and artwork to document research, for instance.

Said one volunteer of his trip down the Peruvian Andes to visit ACA’s research facilities and meet the indigenous community, “The entire experience was profound. ACA’s research stations were filled with students studying various aspects of the cloud forest and rain forest….The whole atmosphere was exciting and filled with creativity….The issues are huge but the organization has talented, hardworking, committed people who have a track record of achieving results.”

Take a look at more ways to volunteer with ACA in the Peruvian rainforests.

Brazil

Teach English, help the disabled, volunteer at daycares, work in hospitals helping HIV/AID patients

Salvador, Brazil is a city that is impossible to forget; the pastel colonial architecture of its historic center and its Afro-Brazilian music. You can savor those experiences and volunteer to improve education and healthcare with Cross-Cultural Solutions. You can teach English, work in a daycare or a hospital.

“Being a volunteer with Cross Cultural Solutions is one of the best things I have ever done with my life,” said one volunteer. “I spent ten weeks in Salvador, Brazil from October through December 2011. During my time in Brazil, I was able to assist in a day care for a few weeks and work with underprivileged children. I also taught English at two different schools to people who only spoke Portuguese….The beach, the people, volunteering, and CCS…It is a great combination and a very rewarding experience.”

Discover what you can do with CCS to impact someone’s life across the world.

Costa Rica

Build bridges, clean water systems, and recycling stations; engage in reforestation and organic agricultural work

Costa Rica’s craggy volcanoes, picturesque beaches, and incredible flora and fauna biodiversity make for an overwhelmingly colorful and unique experience for travellers. It’s the perfect place to take one of Globe Aware‘s Volunteer Vacations – soak up the sun and culture while helping to build infrastructure. By day, you can build suspension bridges, practice organic farming, and construct recycling stations; by night, meet the locals, learn about traditional sugar cane processing, and enjoy the delicious food.

“…I just returned from building a pedestrian bridge in the middle of the rainforest in Costa Rica with them this June, and I have to say, out of all my life experiences, truly none have ever come close to these,” said a past volunteer.

Learn more about Globe Aware’s opportunities for change in Costa Rica and other destinations for volunteer travel.

Cambodia

Teach English and art, assist in pediatric and medical care

Sela is an 8-year-old boy with a gap-toothed, wide-mouthed grin, ears that stick out, and an impish look in his eyes. He looks just like any other excited elementary school kid – except that he gets his education, food and healthcare from the Cambodian Children’s Fund. You can volunteer to help children like him this summer by working in the school, bakery, or health clinic.

Said one volunteer who visited CCF facilities, “I had the opportunity to do some volunteer work for CCF in Phnom Penh this past year and experience first-hand what Scott and his team are doing. It was a truly amazing experience that left a huge impression on me….CCF is transforming an entire community and helping them lift themselves out of poverty by addressing the major problems that these people face including schooling for children, health care, vocational training, substance abuse and domestic violence. None of this would be possible without CCF.”

Find out how to get involved with Cambodian Children’s Fund.

Guatemala

Build stoves, work in nurseries and plant trees

Guatemala is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in Central America; you can wander through the Mayan ruins, climb a volcano, or explore the open-air markets. You can also travel with other volunteers of the Highland Support Project this summer to rebuild depleted forests and limit harmful smoke exposure within indigenous Mayan communities. You’ll build fuel-efficient stoves to replace open-pit fires in poorly ventilated homes, engage in reforestation, or work in Guatemalan schools presenting affordable art programs to help these communities achieve social sustainability.

“What I love about HSP is its commitment to collaborative/cooperative work in the villages versus what some folks call “hit and run” (drop in with supplies, then not show up again for another month or 6 months or longer). Members of the communities are active partners in all of the work that HSP supports. Through HSP I have experienced the true meaning of empowerment in its most positive way,” said a past volunteer.

Explore the ways that you can make a difference this summer in Guatemala.

Uganda

Build water and sanitation systems, construct stoves, work with women’s activist groups

Uganda’s beautiful national parks and boundless savanna are the perfect destination for adventurous travelers with a thirst for exploring Africa’s rugged terrain and endlessly diverse wildlife. This summer, go on safaris and raft on the Nile while helping the Foundation for Sustainable Development improve water and food sanitation in Uganda’s Masaka district. Help construct rainwater collection tanks, educate communities about the importance of hygiene, and build pollution-minimizing stoves.

“The entire FSD team in Uganda was incredibly helpful and my host family was accommodating at all times,” said one volunteer. “The team made our experience truly hands on and exposed us the daily work that the Uganda people engaged in and we worked on projects that were making a real impact in the community….Overall it was a wonderful experience that broadened my horizons and cultivated my interests in global sustainable development.”

Explore the other destinations you can travel to and volunteer services you can provide with the Foundation for Sustainable Development.

Did I miss your favorite volunteer travel experience? Share your inspirational story – and help others find those same opportunities!

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Top Volunteer Opportunities in Tampa 2013

Leave a Comment August 22, 2013

Want to volunteer or intern at a great Tampa nonprofit? Whether you’re new to Tampa, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Tampa charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite Tampa non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

Equestrian Inc. 12345
“We were enveloped into this very warm, caring, loving family of volunteers, no experience necessary. Equestrian Inc. is one of those special places that will be in our hearts for many more years to come.”

 

Epilepsy Services Foundation 1234.977275
“I have had the honor of volunteering for ESF for several years under the leadership of Tom Orth and his very dedicated staff. Tom and his team exude a passion for this foundation that goes beyond a commitment to raising funds for resources needed for persons suffering with seizure disorders. They provide a caring, personal and meaningful methodology for each candidate and their families.”

Family Justice Center of Hillsborough County 1234.916675
“During my time at FJC, I felt that my contributions, no matter how small, really had an impact on the guests served. Whether it was simply helping a guest choose clothing for a job interview or reviewing an Injunction for Protection, before it was submitted to the court, I felt like I was making a difference in a survivor’s journey.”

Warriors For Autism 1234.958335
“The Riveras & Warriors for Autism have educated me & my boys & are an awesome example of TRUE warrior spirit. They give wholeheartedly & our community is very lucky to have them among us. I’ve learned so much over the years & my sons & I enjoy volunteering whenever we can.”

Lovely Litas Sheltering Tree Foundation    12345
“I have never met anyone who works as hard as Karen does. She has continued to make herself available to other rehabbers across the country for advice and consultation. For her, this is truly a work of passion that she has devoted her life to. I can see myself volunteering for years to come!”

Stageworks Theatre 1234.916675
“Two years ago, I was looking for an organization to volunteer for and I found Stageworks. Anna and Andrea welcomed me into this great organization. Giving me terrific opportunities to share my abilities in many different ways. Their purpose in the community is admirable and has done great service for the local disadvantaged as well as the art community as a whole.”

Special Operations Warrior Foundation      1234.25
“I’ve been volunteering for SOWF since shortly after my son was killed in Iraq in 2005. It was his charity of choice and the only non-profit that we’re involved with now. We consider ourselves part of their family!”

Sepsis Alliance 12345
“I am so proud to be a part of this great organization that is truly saving lives! Awareness of sepsis is key in reducing the death rate from this equal opportunity killer! Suspect Sepsis, Save Lives and Limbs!!”

Big Cat Rescue 1234.739415
“Big Cat Rescue is by far the best organization I have ever volunteered for or visited. Not only do they provide top notch care for all of their cats, they do tremendous work to end the trade and exploitation of big cats. Educating the public about the plight of exotic cats is critical in ending the abuse and BCR makes change happen.”

Top Volunteer Opportunities in San Francisco 2013

Leave a Comment August 22, 2013

Want to volunteer or intern at a great San Francisco nonprofit? Whether you’re new to SF, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite San Francisco charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite San Francisco non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

Child Family Health International                   1234.65
“It was one of the best rotations of my medical school career. Getting the opportunity to perform a number of procedures while also seeing what healthcare challenges another culture faced allowed me to develop tremendously as a doctor and person in the beginning stages of my career.”

Experience Corps Bay Area 1234.818185
“I feel so fulfilled when working as a volunteer. Tutoring “one-on-one” in two third grade classes each week has been challenging and rewarding. I have been embraced by the school community and the EC staff and feel that I am making a difference through this wonderful program.”

UniversalGiving 1234.924245
“This has been an enriching and educational experience. I really enjoy the work environment and the professional, creative, and dedicated people. I feel like I am making a difference to promotes social change.”

 

La Casa de Las Madres 1234.894745
“Volunteering has allowed me to become plugged into an incredible community of individuals, staff and volunteers, who are dedicated to supporting women and children who are victims of domestic violence. I feel honored to be a part of the necessary and meaningful work that we do here!”

Foundation for Students Rising Above        1234.978725
“People will say, “you are changing her life” when the truth is, she is changing mine. I have 2 words to describe SRA. Life changing!”

 

The Coming Home Project 1234.888895
“I was fortunate to attend a training conference in California–it was a life-changing experience–camaraderie, trust, learning new skills, sharing pain and joy and SO MUCH MORE.”

 

Pachamama Alliance 1234.962965
“Interning at The Pachamama Alliance was one of the most rewarding things I have done. The passion and dedication that everyone has at the organization is inspiring.”

 

Foundation for Sustainable Development    1234.806455
“The staff spent a lot of time ensuring that your strengths could be optimized in the community by placing you in organizations that best satisfy your interests. I had a great experience with this NGO.”

Everybody Solar 1234.818185
“They impress me over and over again. The are extremely innovative, practical, and exactly the kind of impact our community needs. I am so impressed with our staff, who are all volunteers. They are all extremely personable, dedicated, and talented.”

Muttville Senior Dog Rescue 12345
“Muttville is a wonderful organization and has helped so many deserving senior dogs find loving and caring homes. I am very proud and honored to be able to contribute to such a deserving organization.”

Top Volunteer Opportunities in Pittsburgh 2013

Leave a Comment August 22, 2013

Want to volunteer or intern at a great Pittsburgh nonprofit? Whether you’re new to Pittsburgh, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Pittsburgh charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite Pittsburgh non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

Sarah Heinz House Association                     12345
“The staff are professional and go above & beyond what is expected of them. The Sarah Heinz House changes lives and has inspired me in many ways.”

 

Global Links  1234.946245
“I enjoyed learning about all the amazing work this organization has done! It was an honor to be able to help sort medical supplies that might one day save someone’s life! And on top of that, we had a lot of fun too!”

Genesis of Pittsburgh Inc. 1234.911765
“We liked the idea that Genesis depended on prospective adoptive couples like us to volunteer their time and services to the organization. The folks at Genesis wanted to get to know us so that they could make the best possible match for everyone involved. ”

Homeless Children’s Education Fund           1234.954555
“The employees and volunteers have such enthusiasm for what they do. Their commitment and advocacy to for the children is amazing. It’s truly a refreshing and rewarding program for all involved.”

Rabbit Wranglers 1234.833335
“I can’t say enough about how great Rabbit Wranglers has been. They make a huge difference in the care and well being of rabbits in Pittsburgh, and have expanded the bond between me and the bunnies who own my heart.”

Southwinds 12345
“Southwinds is a wonderful organization! They are one big family! I look forward to helping out at their special events because it gives me a chance to talk all of the wonderful adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities that they serve!! It is very rewarding experience!”

Top Volunteer Opportunities in Phoenix 2013

Leave a Comment August 22, 2013

Want to volunteer or intern at a great Phoenix nonprofit? Whether you’re new to Phoenix, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Phoenix charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite Phoenix non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

Maggie’s Place 12345
“I have volunteered at MP for the past 2 years.The organization of all areas is great. The staff are all very dedicated to their jobs and yet there is always a sense of family, they enjoy what they are doing and have fun together along with the moms and babies.”

Good News India 1234.928575
“Good News India is an incredible organization that rescues kids from a life of human trafficking. I had the honor of going on a GNI tour last month and it changed my life. It is incredible to see firsthand the kids at the Dream Centers receiving food, shelter, clothing and having other basic needs met.”

Arizona Trail Association 1234.8755
“Working with the Arizona Trail Association has always been a pleasure. Whether volunteering on trail construction and maintenance projects, or planning my AZT thru-bike adventures, the ATA has always been there in full support.”

Gabriel’s Angels 12345
“My dog and I visit kids at the Crisis Nursery and see first hand how amazing the interaction and responses are between the dog and the children. Gabriel’s Angels makes a difference in children’s lives and I see it with my own eyes.”

Dancers and Health Together 1234.916675
“DAHT works hard to promote a healthy lifestyle that is filled with the joy of dance. I have had the opportunity to work with this organization before and it is always rewarding. What an incredibly passionate organization!”

Scottsdale International Film Festival           1234.952385
“I continue to volunteer for the SIFF because it is a true gem. Very well run. The festival director is extremely knowledgeable and year after year puts on an incredible festival. This festival is truly an international event with something for everyone, every time!”

Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center  1234.85
“The MOST rewarding part of any day I spend at SARRC is the interaction with the children, both typical and those in the spectrum. The growth of each and every child is nothing short of amazing.”

Kaity’s Way 1234.909095
“I recently hd the privilege to volunteer with Kaity’s Way. The focus of this great group of people from all walks of life is amazing. They truly honor Kaity in their efforts to educate the public about teen dating violence and teach ways to build healthy relationships. ”

Foundation for Children with Microcephaly 1234.846155
“Excellent Non Profit – It is amazing seeing the Families unite together. The support and love that you see happening right before your eyes, the bonding of families sharing their heart felt stories.”

S H I E L D Foundation 1234.979175
“I donate my time, effort and my car for transportation needs of SHIELD clients. It was great experience! I got rewarded in THANK YOU! notices from the clients and their children! I will volunteer in the future, and will do my best for SHIELD and their clients!”

Top Volunteer Opportunities in New York City 2013

Leave a Comment August 22, 2013

Want to volunteer or intern at a great New York City nonprofit? Whether you’re new to NYC, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite New York City charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite NYC non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

Wild Bird Fund 1234.444445
“Out of all the centers I investigated to volunteer at, the WBF impressed me as the most well-organized, clean, and professional. Since starting there I’ve only had that impression confirmed. Every animal receives a quality of care that most professional veterinary clinics would be hard-pressed to provide.”

Chashama 1234.896555
“Volunteering has turned out to be one of the best decisions that I have recently made, as I have immensely enjoyed attending their events as well as meeting their enthusiastic staff and fellow volunteers, whom are so dedicated and committed to the cause.”

Chemo Comfort 12345
“My first time volunteering for chemo comfort I was hooked! Not only was the company of the other volunteers so enjoyable, but it was obvious what a thoughtful and necessary service they were providing. ”

Arts For All 12345
“It’s such a blessing to have been able to help out for so many kids who just need to know that they are loved and that they can do anything they want in their lives. They’re a great organization and I recommend them to anyone who wants to volunteer.”

Global Autism Project 12345
“The SkillCorps Kenya trip was one of the most meaningful and impactful experiences of my life. I have memories and a new group of friends that will last a lifetime! For those looking to do international work that will make a meaningful difference, I highly recommend the Global Autism Project and SkillCorps!”

Business Council for Peace 1234.928575
“The staff at Bpeace is stellar. The organization is run like a business–efficient, effective, and proven. They are honest and communicative and it has been my pleasure to work with them. ”

Friends of Renascer 12345
“I had the pleasure to meet the amazing people who work there, and can attest that they are passionate about what they do. I strongly recommend this NGO for its ethical values, accountability and passion to execute its impactful mission.”

InMotion 1234.965
“InMotion has by far been my favorite organization to spend my summer volunteering at. Everyone who works there is there because they want to be, which provides for such a warm atmosphere.”

Foundation for a Drug Free World               12345
“This experience was awesome! I met so many people. A man that made a pledge was doing so because he put his wife on psych meds and he said it was a big mistake. She is not on the meds now and he said that what we were doing was very important. He actually changed after taking the pledge. Best experience ever!”

LitWorld 12345
“After interning I have not stopped bragging about the organization. The duality of my internship introduced me to both the administrative side of LitWorld as well as engaged me in the organization’s physical mission of promoting literacy. Its staff members truly believes in the organization’s purpose.”

Top Volunteer Opportunities in Los Angeles 2013

Leave a Comment August 22, 2013

Want to volunteer or intern at a great Los Angeles nonprofit? Whether you’re new to LA, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a community not for profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!

Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite Los Angeles charities. Every organization on this list has earned an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 5 volunteers. If your favorite LA non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!

One Heart Source 1234.380955
“The month I spent volunteering with One Heart Source was one of the best months of my life. I felt like my time was well spent, and the work I was doing was meaningful in impacting a change for kids who need it. I will never forget my students. They have changed the way I look at the world and have driven me to want to do more for others. In fact, I hope to return next summer.”

Young Storytellers Foundation 1234.972225
“I am proud to be part of the YSF family. They teach literacy through the art of storytelling, but the kids (and mentors!) learn far more than that. The transformation of these children in the 8 weeks they are a part of this program is impossible to quantify- you can’t help but notice the drastic positive changes in these children. ”

Life Group LA 12345
“This is my 8th year facilitating. I first attended as a client and was transformed by the experience so much that I trained to be a facilitator. I have been HIV+ for 34 years. LG is by far the most compassionate, loving & giving of all the others, bar none. ”

A Place Called Home 1234.843755
“I have only started to volunteer at A Place Called Home and I’m already looking forward to doing more volunteer work with them. They offer so many services that are of great need to community and expose kids to different things that traditional schools either don’t have the resources for or funding.”

Wells Bring Hope 12345
“My decision to volunteer for Wels Bring Hope (WBH) is one of the best I’ve ever made in my life. Ever since its inception, WBH has continued to save lives by providing safe clean water for communities in Niger. Their cause is a noble one indeed.”

Create Now 1234.814295
“This nonprofit has impressed me more than any other I’ve run across in the last decade. They do so much, for so many at-risk kids, with so little! They are well run and organized. They are really giving young people the chance to envision different lives with more hope and possibility. A+”

National Council of Jewish Women Incorporated 1234.933335
“I can say that since I have become involved with NCJW/LA I have fulfillment in my life in making a difference.”

 

Free Arts for Abused Children 1234.980395
“Free Arts’ staff and volunteers exemplify dedication and constantly demonstrate how a non-profit should run. I could not have asked for a better experience! Everyday was such a rewarding experience and I hope to continue my involvement. ”

Center for Lifelong Learners 1234.777785
“The Center for LifeLong Learners has brought more fulfillment to my life through volunteering; and I know it has brought much help, fulfillment and opportunity to the children who attend!”

 

Busted Foundation 12345
“It’s truly inspiring and humbling these brave individuals fighting for their lives and their families! I am thankful Busted Foundation is around to help and proud to be a volunteer with them. Please help us to continue to help breast cancer fighters across the country!”

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