Random Picks for Autumn – Happy Thanksgiving!

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If you’re like me, and you live too far from home to celebrate Thanksgiving with family this year, how about volunteering some time to make turkey (Tofurkey!) day a little more special for those in need?  I’ve gathered up some Thanksgiving Day related volunteer opportunities to help spread the cheer.  For those of you not partaking in Thanksgiving festivities, I’ve also gathered some fall-related opportunities follow below.  Happy holidays, everyone!

Volunteer Opportunity: Thanksgiving Day – Meal Delivery (Washington, DC)
Organization: Emmaus Services for the Aging
In their own words: “Emmaus Services for the Aging meets the needs of homebound senior citizens on Thanksgiving Day by delivering meals to them and spending time visiting during the morning.”

Volunteer Opportunity: community and hunger
Organization: License to Dream (Denver, CO)
In their own words: “For the past 10 years we do an annual feeding on Thanksgiving Day. We cook and deliver 3500 meals.”

Volunteer Opportunity: Atlanta Half Marathon Volunteer
Organization: Atlanta Track Club
In their own words: “Earn your turkey this Thanks Day by becoming a part of the Atlanta Track Club volunteer team for the Atlanta Half Marathon and Thanksgiving Day 5K on Thursday, November 25.”

Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteers needed for Thanksgiving Lunch at low-income senior housing (Ontario)
Organization: LINC Housing Corporation
In their own words: “Volunteer with LINC Cares and make a difference in the lives of low-income seniors!”

Volunteer Opportunity: Thanskgiving Dinner for Individuals disabled by autism (Gaithersburg, MD)
Organization: Community Support Services, Incorporated
In their own words: “If you are seeking to give back to the community on this important holiday, here is an excellent opportunity for you to brighten the day of an individual disabled by autism and/or other developmental disorders.”

Job: Volunteer Coordinator & Educator (Evendale, OH)
Organization: Gorman Heritage Farm
In their own words: “Gorman Heritage Farm, a non-profit 120-acre educational farm located in the Village of Evendale, just north of Cincinnati, provides the opportunity to explore and learn the history, methods and values of a working family farm in a natural setting.”

Volunteer Opportunity: Farm Based Educator (Weston, MA)
Organization: Land’s Sake, Inc. of Massachusetts
In their own words: “We talk about anything from the changing of the seasons and soil science to local sustainable agriculture.”

Internship: Kartemquin Films Fall Internship (Chicago, IL)
Organization: Kartemquin Films
In their own words: “Interns at Kartemquin will have the opportunity to learn how a local non-profit media arts organization is run and how social issue documentary films are created, from development to distribution, all while collaborating with a team of filmmakers who have produced emotionally compelling, challenging, and socially relevant documentaries through thirty-eight films in over forty years.”

Event: Responsible Rural Tourism Program (Rajasthan, India)
Organization: Development Foundation Worldwide
In their own words: “Our rural tourism program showcases the rural life, art, culture and heritage at rural locations, thereby benefiting the local community economically and socially as well as enabling interaction between the tourists and the locals for a more enriching tourism experience.”

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Today’s random picks: From blog design in Ghana to market analysis in Guatemala


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Every day, hundreds of new listings are added to our site. Here’s a small sampling of the types of organizations, opportunities, and events you can connect with.

Today’s areas of focus: Claims and Examining, and Communications Access and Infrastructure

Organization: AMVETS (American Veterans)
Location: Lanham, Maryland, United States
In their own words: “AMVETS is one of the most respected volunteer-led organizations in the country that provides, not only support for veterans and the active military in porcuring their earned entitlements, but also community services that enhance the quality of life for this nation’s citizens.”

Job: Billing Assistant
Organization: Shema Kolainu
In their own words: “Shema Kolainu is a nonprofit school and center for children with autism utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) on a one child to one teacher ratio.”

Volunteer Opportunity: Blog designer & social networking sites coordinator
Organization: Free World Foundation
In their own words: “The vision of the “FOUNDATION” is to strive for a society where the fundamental human rights of every individual are respected, where the rule of law reigns supreme, good governance is guaranteed and adequate measures are put in place to ensure security & peace building.”

Internship: Market Analyst Internship-GUATEMALA
Organization: Appropriate Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG)
In their own words: “Through a combination of business incubation, education, training, and outreach, the AIDG helps individuals and communities gain access to technology that will improve their lives.”

Event: Donation-based lunchtime yoga benefitting microfinance
Organization: ACCION USA
In their own words: “Come and join us at our New York office for Micro-Yoga every Tuesday, presented by Erica Dorn, trained yoga instructor and ACCION USA employee!”

Search hundreds of other listings filed under Claims and Examining or Communications Access and Infrastructure, or post an opportunity of your own.

[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]

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Today's Random Picks: Teach English in Nepal or Intern in Pasadena


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Every day, hundreds of new listings are added to our site, and it’s always amazing to see the variety of organizations, opportunities, and events that Idealist users can connect with. Let’s see what you (and we!) might be missing! I’ve decided to pick a few random listings each week and spotlight them here.

Today’s area of focus: Children and Youth

Organization: The United States Fund for UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund)
Location: 125 Maiden Lane, New York, New York, 10038, United States
In their own words: “The United States Fund for UNICEF, works for the survival, protection, and development of children worldwide through fund raising, education, and advocacy.”

Job: Home Based Family Therapist – IDHMFTU
Organization: Riverside Community Care
In their own words: “Riverside Community Care helps build healthy communities through the delivery of innovative mental health care, mental retardation and traumatic head injury services, early intervention services, and substance abuse treatment.”

Volunteer Opportunity: English Teachers for schools
Organization: Volunteering and Adventure Nepal
In their own words: “The Federation of Business and Professional Women Nepal (BPW Nepal) serves as a forum to articulate the interests and problems of women in Nepal, particularly those related to working women.”

Internship: Adoption Intern
Organization: Heartsent Adoptions, Inc.
In their own words: “Heartsent Adoptions, Inc. is a full service, nonprofit domestic and international adoption agency created to assist adopting individuals in the journey to find their heart’s desire… a child to love.”

Event: Donation Drive
Organization: Peace of Mind Services, Inc
Date: April 2010 – April 2012. Every Tuesday and Wednesday between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
In their own words: “We focus on issues and the development of at risk youth. Our goal is to reach at risk youth, their parents and needy families and provide them with support to help sustain their households.”

Search hundreds of other listings filed under Children and Youth, or post an opportunity of your own.

[This blog entry appeared on an older version of Idealist; any broken links are a result of having re-launched our site in Fall 2010.]

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