1. Volunteer for the World Environmental organization, a group dedicated to preserving plants, animals and their habitats.
Go to: http://www.world.org/weo/contact/us/ok or email firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are interested in energy conservation, email: email@example.com .
2. Teens and students can find places around Oklahoma to volunteer or intern at http://www.groovejob.com/browse/internships/in/OK/Oklahoma. These jobs involve everything from volunteering at Sea world to learning leadership skills.
3. Check out the Volunteer Center of Central Oklahoma at http://www.1-800-volunteer.org . Read about the volunteer center at Heartline Inc.
4. Volunteer at the museums. Ask about their docent programs. You can learn interesting things, have fun, and teach others all at the same time! The Sam Noble Museum of Natural Science needs volunteers. Call (405)325-1652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Training is provided. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age.
5. Volunteer or a hospital or hospice. There is nothing more rewarding than comforting someone and being their friend in a difficult time. Hospice of Oklahoma County needs Patient Care Volunteers, Agnitsch Hall is a Neighborhood Services Organization (NSO) and needs Administrative help.
Hospice of Oklahoma County requires Hospice Support. Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
requires interns and volunteers. Frontier Hospice needs Patient and Family Support
Volunteers, Bereavement and Spiritual Care Volunteers, and Administrative Volunteers.
The Child Abuse Response and Evaluation Center (CARE Center)requires Administrative Support.
6. Help animals by joining an animal support group, such as the Pets and People Humane Society. They need folks to do everything from washing cat and dog bowls to pet mentors and phone handlers. http://www.petsandpeople.com
7. You can support our troops by joining The Hugs project where you help make sure no soldier is forgotten. http://www.thehugsproject.org Says the website, "The Hugs Project is committed to improving life for our dedicated U.S. Military.
Our "mission" is to give a "hug" (handmade items for warmth or cooling depending on season) to every American serving in the Middle East. We want every deployed troop and American civilian to know we support their mission to protect our freedoms & to provide freedom to the people of the Middle East. This is our way of saying "Thank you, we appreciate you for the difficult job you do".
Our main troop emphasis right now is writing LOTS of letters and making hugs and kisses."
The Hugs Project ©2005 is a non profit organization and your donations are tax deductible.
All monies donated go toward letting deployed Americans and our allies know that they are respected and that they are NOT forgotten. A donation of $25.00 will pay for 1 care package full of wonderful items. You can donate via PayPal or send a check to The Hugs Project PO Box 6761 Edmond, OK 73083.
8. OklahomaCasa helps kids who have been abandoned or neglected. They may have been in and out of foster care. From the website: "The Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) programs in Oklahoma are non-profit organizations that recruit, screen and train community volunteers to act as Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children in juvenile “deprived” proceedings, and to help ensure their needs and best interests are served while wards of the juvenile courts." http://www.oklahomacasa.org
9. Check out http://www.volunteermatch.org, and plug in your zip code. This website will bring up a list of groups within your area where you can volunteer. There was everything from Adopt a City Street to the Allied Arts Foundation, the American Red Cross, the Arts Council of Oklahoma, The Best Friends of Shelter Pets, nymerous aging centers, and the Arts Festival Oklahoma.
10. Help someone have a home! Volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry working in partnership with God and the community to build simple, decent, affordable housing, and to provide hope for responsible, hard-working, limited income families living in substandard conditions.
To volunteer group or individual workdays on Central Oklahoma Habitat job sites, call 405-232-4828 or email us for dates.
Here's their website: http://www.centraloklahomahabitat.org/index.php/volunteer/