American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV)
AAMV is the only national (US) association representing the over 400,000 volunteers in all categories of museums. Our purpose is to promote professional standards of volunteerism; to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information;  and to inform and represent volunteers in advocacy matters in cooperation with museum directors, paid staff, and boards of trustees.

American Society for Directors of Volunteer Services (ASDVS) 
the American Hospital Association
ASDVS is a national professional organization for directors of volunteer services in healthcare and related programs, such as health promotion, education and prevention. Its  programs seek to strengthen the profession of volunteer services administration; provide opportunities for professional development; and promote volunteerism as a resource in serving the health care needs of the nation. ASDVS sets high standards for healthcare volunteer administrators and has a certification program.

Association for Volunteer Administration

The Association for Volunteer Administration (AVA) is the international professional membership association for individuals working in the field of volunteer resources management. AVA  works to promote professionalism and strengthen leadership in volunteerism and provide opportunities for all segments of the profession to work together to identify the needs of the profession.  It provides training and the credential: Certification in Volunteer Administration (CVA).

Charity Village
Charity Village(R) is Canada's supersite for the nonprofit sector, with more than 3,000 pages of news, jobs, volunteer opportunities, resources, articles and links to sites for nonprofit professionals in Canada and around the world.

Corporation for National Service
The Corporation for National Service is an agency of the US Government which works with governor-appointed state commissions, nonprofits, faith-based groups, schools, and other civic organizations to provide  opportunities for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to engage in service that addresses the nationís educational, public safety, environmental, and other human needs.   It also works to encourage all Americans to engage in such service. The Corporation's three major service initiatives are AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and the National Senior Service Corps.

Energize, Inc.

Energize, Inc. is an international training, consulting and publishing firm specializing in volunteerism. The website has excellent resources for volunteers, volunteer managers, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Its Referral Network provides a directory of online resources, including Awards/Events, Education/Exchange, Periodicals/Newsletters, Associations/Organizations, Centers for Resources and Information, Products/Services, and Websites to Register Volunteer Opportunities.

European Volunteer Centre
The European Volunteer Centre (CEV) is a European umbrella organisation of twenty-two National and Regional Volunteer Centres across Western, Central and Eastern Europe. CEVís key aims are to: be an effective voice for volunteering in Europe, strengthen the infrastructure for volunteering in the countries of Europe, and promote volunteering and make it more effective throughout Europe. Infoflash is the occasional newsletter of CEV.  

Four Electronic Books on Volunteering from Energize, Inc.

The Virtual Volunteering Guidebook: How to Apply the Principles of Real-World Volunteer Management to Online Service
by Susan J. Ellis and Jayne Cravens. (138 pp)
Mentors Strengthen Student Community Service (23 pp)
Volunteer Centers: Gearing Up for the 1990s,
by Susan J. Ellis

International Association of Volunteer Efforts
IAVE is the only international organization with the mission to promote, celebrate, and strengthen volunteerism worldwide. IAVE's work falls into six major areas: conferences, volunteer centers, education and training, public awareness, youth involvement, and membership services.  It holds a world conference on volunteerism every two years - the next one is scheduled to be held in Barcelona, Spain in 2004.

National Centre for Volunteering (England)

Since 1973 the National Centre for Volunteering has been promoting excellence in volunteering in England.  It offers a range of services designed to support volunteer managers and organisations that involve volunteers:  convening national events and practitioner networks, mounting awareness campaigns, providing publications and information services; providing authoritative, up-to-the-minute research on volunteering issues; and keeping volunteering high on the policy agenda, working with government to promote opportunities for, and remove institutional barriers to, volunteering.

National Service Resource Center
The National Service Resource Center (NSRC) is a training and technical assistance provider to programs funded by the Corporation for National Service. This web site contains a resource library, a master calendar, resource guides, online documents, a sample forms collection, newsletters, and America Reads resources.

Points of Light Foundation
The Points of Light Foundation, founded in 1990, is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism in the US. It is Americaís leading advocate for and authority on volunteering, providing a broad range of programs and resources for individuals, nonprofit organizations, volunteer centers, civically engaged corporations, and the general public. It has an extensive line of publications and products for purchase in its Marketplace (access by choosing "Shop" in the middle left side of the home page).

Project America

Project America works with corporations, large member organizations, national and local nonprofits, and communities to design collaborative service initiatives that involve people of all ages in volunteer efforts. It organizes and works with others in organizing national days of service and other programs. amd works with college fraternities and sororities to help develop in them a life-long commitment to service.  Its projects include: the Project America Alternative Spring Break and Project America's Action Guide to Community Service.

Through SERVEnet matches volunteers with volunteer opportunities. It is also a place to search for calendar events, job openings, service news, recommended books, and best practices, and other resources for  the service and volunteer communities.

Virtual Volunteering Project
The Virtual Volunteering Project was launched in 1996 to encourage and assist in the development of volunteer activities that can be completed off-site via the Internet. The Virtual Volunteering Project encourages and assists in the development and success of volunteer activities that can be completed via the Internet, and helps volunteer managers use cyberspace to work with ALL volunteers.  It provides the critical information and background to help both organizations and volunteers engage in effective, meaningful, mission-based online service.

Volunteer Canada (Note: Site available in French as well as English)
Volunteer Canada is the national voice for volunteerism and has provided leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement since 1977. VC actively engages in research, training and other national initiatives designed to increase community participation across the country.  It provides leadership on issues and trends in the Canadian volunteer movement. It also has an extensive array of publications on volunteerism in both English and French.

Volunteers of America
Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, spiritually based organization providing local human service programs and opportunities for individual and community involvement.  It has programs to help youths at risk, frail elderly, abused and neglected children, people with disabilities, homeless individuals, inmates in prisons, and many others. 
In addition, Volunteers of America is an interdenominational church - a church with a distinctive ministry of service, believing that serving others is an important means of serving God. 

Youth Service America (YSA)
Youth Service America is a resource center and alliance of 300+ organizations committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for young Americans, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, or globally.  Its missions is to strengthen the Effectiveness, Sustainability, and Scale of youth service and service-learning fields through public awareness campaigns, networking, incentive and recognition programs, and information and knowledge tools. 


Print and Web-based

Australian Journal on Volunteering (published twice yearly)
Volunteer Centre of South Australia Inc. 

Canadian Journal of Volunteer Resource Management
1310 Upper Dwyer Hill Road, R.R. #2
Carp, Ont K0A1L0, Canada


The Electronic Journal of the Volunteer Community

Journal of Volunteer Administration
Journal of the Association for Volunteer Administration

Volunteer Leadership Magazine
Magazine of the Points of Light Foundation

Voluntary Action
The Journal of the Institute for Volunteering Research, an initiative of the National Centre for Volunteering in association with the Centre for Institutional Studies at the University of East London.  

Volunteer Today
Volunteer Today is an e-newsletter for those who manage the work of volunteers in nonprofit, government, or corporate programs.  Its aim is two-fold: 1) build the capacity of individuals to organize effective volunteer programs; 2) enhance the profession of volunteer management.

Volunteering Magazine
Magazine of the National Centre for Volunteering in London. 


Information About Volunteering

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AVS Information Gateway

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