Opportunity Spotlight: Women’s Health Edition

In this series, we like to explore different aspects of the social-impact sector. Today, we’re highlighting organizations and opportunities on our site that focus on women’s health.


We’re talking more about women’s health (Photo Credit: a.drian, Creative Commons/Flickr)


Planned Parenthood of New York City provides health services for over 50,000 New Yorkers every year, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. They’ve also been leaders in reproductive health education and advocacy, supporting legislation and policies that ensure universal access to reproductive health care. They’re currently hiring for nine positions from human resources to case management to assisting in direct care.

If your interests lie in policy and politics, check out the Women’s Campaign Fund. They support women running for all levels of political office to advance “political participation and leadership of women who support reproductive health choices for all.” WCF is currently seeking a Vice President of Development in Washington, DC. You’ll set goals, organize events, cultivate foundation and corporate support, and manage the development staff.

The Society for Women’s Health Research is a national nonprofit organization based in DC that seeks to advance women’s health through research, education, and advocacy. They lobby for funding for research into women’s health issues, create educational materials, hold educational events, and establish groups and campaigns that advance the study of women’s health. They’re currently looking for interns, so if you’re looking for experience in the field, be sure to check them out.

There’s are many different aspects of women’s health – from access to health services to inclusion in the political sphere to funding for research – and there are lots of ways to get involved. Be sure to visit our site to find the perfect opportunity for you!

How do you contribute to the causes that are important to you?

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Volunteer opportunity spotlight: books, resumes, Amharic, and stream bank erosion

As a thank you to our community, each week we’re highlighting interesting organizations and opportunities that you’ve shared on our website. Because of you, Idealist.org is a hub for people who want to create a better world. Thank you.


Interesting and unique ways to create a better world (Photo Credit: Many Languages One Voice)

Volunteering is a great way to share your skills, pick up some new ones, and be part of some high-impact, meaningful work. This week, organizations posted almost 1,000 opportunities to pitch in. Here are some highlights:

Book Design Volunteer (New York, NY)

Behind the Book is looking for volunteers to help turn students into published authors! The organization organizes inspiring workshops that help students write and illustrate a story or create an anthology of their collected works. They need a volunteer to then edit and format the materials and upload them into blurb.com to make beautiful and inspirational piece of work available to the public. If you have an eye for design and a passion for education and literacy, help budding young authors get out their first published works.

Volunteer with Upwardly Global (San Francisco, CA)

New immigrants to the U.S. often find it difficult to rebuild the careers they left behind. Accomplished surgeons and engineers take entry level jobs, and American employers miss out on a diverse, skilled, ambitious and too often untapped pool of talent. Upwardly Global seeks to eliminate barriers to employment and close the gap between college-educated, work authorized new Americans and employers who need their skills. Volunteer for a few hours or a few times a week to mentor a job seeker, hold mock interviews, or share networking tips. Your industry knowledge and experience with the American work culture are invaluable resources to new immigrants, and you’ll get some great cross-cultural experience in the process.

Amharic-Speaking Volunteer (Washington, DC)

Some kinds of volunteers are particularly hard to find. Many Languages One Voice (MLOV) needs help collecting and sharing the histories of Washington, DC’s immigrant communities, but they can’t do it without the language skills. If you’ve got what it takes, let them know! Photography experience is a plus.

Meadow Monitoring (Sonora, Modesto, and Groveland, CA)

Like meadows? Like looking at them? Then head out to the Stanislaus National Forest to help out the Tuolumne River Trust. Volunteers will be trained to conduct basic field work, and they’ll report back on erosion, conifer encroachment, and vegetation cover in the meadows to help determine which areas are in need of habitat restoration. If you’re lucky enough to be able to participate in this one, send us back some pictures!

Don’t see a volunteer opportunity here for you? Don’t worry, we’ve got thousands more! See anything you’re particularly interested in? Tell us about it!

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