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.

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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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    July 22, 2012 at 11:09 am

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