Looking for somewhere to volunteer? Below are some resources to get started. It is not comprehensive; don't see something you support? don't see something listed for your geographic area? Please post something to add! Helpful things to include are an organization's name, website, geographic range, and brief statement about that organization's purpose. This list will be, in large part, a compilation of suggestions made by individual members of TarValon.net, and will reflect the interests of whatever members choose to provide resource information. Groups listed are in no way endorsed or recommended by TarValon.net, its officers, staff, and so on. Please use these resources as a starting point, and do your own research to figure out if you like what a group does, how it spends its money, etc. We will update the first post regularly to add info from posts below, to keep things easy to find, and delete other posts when we do. INTERNATIONAL Spoiler Big Brothers Big Sisters International http://www.bbbsi.org/ a mentoring network that supports one-on-one relationships between adults and children. It has 14 affiliate countries; a portion of them listed below. Heifer International www.heifer.org provides families with agricultural animals, training, and more, to fight hunger and poverty International Breast Milk Project http://www.breastmilkproject.org donations of breast milk for infants, support for local milk bank development and healthcare infrastructure Red Cross - humanitarian relief agency. Independent Red Cross and Red Crescent societies are chartered by individual countries; see below or search for Red Cross where you live. Samaritan's Purse International Relief http://www.samaritanspurse.org/ goal of taking the love of Jesus Christ to victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, and disease. Has offices in Australia, Canada, UK, and USA. SOS Children's Villages International http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/ family support and child care, emergency response, education and life skills, child rights advocacy; you can sponsor a child through this organization Take Them A Meal www.takethemameal.com meal scheduling and coordination to assist people in bringing food to someone in need due to health, loss of family member, and more. based in USA but can be used for international addresses as well. AUSTRALIA Spoiler Big Brothers Big Sisters of Australia http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.au/ a mentoring network that supports one-on-one relationships between adults and children CANADA Spoiler Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/en/home/default.aspx a mentoring network that supports one-on-one relationships between adults and children Canadian Blood Services https://www.blood.ca/ donation of blood, organs, other tissues Human Milk Banking Association of North America https://www.hmbana.org/ a professional organization; provides location of milk banks and general information (also in USA) Locks of Love www.locksoflove.org provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with long-term medical hair loss (also in USA) IRELAND Spoiler Big Brother Big Sister (through Foroige) http://www.foroige.ie/our-work/big-brother-big-sister a mentoring network that supports one-on-one relationships between adults and children Foroige - youth organization http://www.foroige.ie/ provides wide range of clubs and services to build confidence, capacity for decision making, provide learning opportunities, and more ISRAEL Spoiler Big Brothers Big Sisters of Israel http://en.bigbrothers.org.il/ a mentoring network that supports one-on-one relationships between adults and children NETHERLANDS Spoiler Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rotterdam http://www.bbbs-rotterdam.nl/ a mentoring network that supports one-on-one relationships between adults and children NEW ZEALAND Spoiler Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand http://www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.nz/ a mentoring network that supports one-on-one relationships between adults and children NORWAY Spoiler the Amanda Project http://www.amandaprosjektet.no/ knitting and crocheting blankets, hats, socks and mittens for babies in intensive care units across the country. Also has active Facebook group. Breast milk donation - check with your local hospital; many accept donated milk. Fosterhjem http://www.bufdir.no/fosterhjem/ becoming a foster parent Fretex www.fretex.no accepts donations of clothes and household items for resale and recycling, provides programs and employment for people with disabilities or at social disadvantage. owned by Norwegian Salvation Army. General volunteering - search for your local "frivillighetsentral", found throughout the country. (Oslo) http://www.frivillig-oslo.no/ organizes assistance with errands and repairs, at-risk children and teens, visiting the homebound, support for drug addicts, and more GiBlod www.giblod.no Red Cross blood donation program GoXplore - volunteering abroad http://www.goxplore.no/ organizes volunteer services, conservation and animal projects, and more, across the world Infinitum (formerly Norsk Resirk) infinitum.no recycling plastic bottles and cans Natteravnene http://www.natteravnene.no/ sober adults walking streets at night on weekends to decrease violence and assault, and to assist those who can't take care of themselves Norges Blindeforbund https://www.blindeforbundet.no/internett services for blind and partially sighted people, including guide dog training, eye research, children's activities, and more Organ Donation http://www.organdonasjon.no/ Red Cross https://www.rodekors.no/rekruttering...g-i-rode-kors/ visitor and network services, witness support, children's services, refugee services, street mediation and night patrols Sortere sortere.no recycling/sorting all kinds of waste SWEDEN Spoiler Egg donations through Villhabarn http://www.villhabarn.se/content/211...er-aggdonation UK Spoiler Contact the Elderly http://www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk/ dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation amongst older people, through regular face-to-face contact. Initiatives include Spare Chair Sunday. NHS Blood and Transplant http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/ donation of blood, organs, other tissues Riding for the Disabled Association http://www.rda.org.uk/ provides therapy, achievement, and enjoyment to children and adults with disabilities through horseback riding, carriage driving, and more Scotland Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service https://www.scotblood.co.uk/ donation of blood, organs, and other tissues Volunteer Scotland http://www.volunteerscotland.net/ general resource to learn about volunteering and find volunteer events and organizations throughout Scotland USA Spoiler Big Brothers Big Sisters of America www.bbbs.org a mentoring network that supports one-on-one relationships between adults and children Eats on Feets www.eatsonfeets.org resource for community-based breast milk sharing Halos of Hope http://halosofhope.org/ provides volunteer-crafted hats to cancer centers across the country, for patients experiencing hair loss Human Milk Banking Association of North America https://www.hmbana.org/ a professional organization; provides location of milk banks and general information (also in Canada) Locks of Love www.locksoflove.org provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children with long-term medical hair loss (also in Canada) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ provides emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, and works to improve crisis and suicide prevention services Red Cross www.redcross.org disaster relief, supporting military families, blood donation, heath and safety services, international services Ronald McDonald House Charities www.rmhc.org providing stability and resources for families with a sick child Wigs for Kids wigsforkids.org provides free "hair replacement systems" and support to children with medical hair loss States (Florida) St. Petersburg Free Clinic http://stpetersburgfreeclinic.org/ food, shelter, healthcare (New Jersey) Cherry Ivy www.cherryivy.com membership site connecting volunteers with local events and organizations (North Carolina) Victory Junction http://victoryjunction.org/ provides camp experience to children with chronic medical conditions or serious illness (Tennessee) Centro Hispano de East Tennessee http://www.centrohispanotn.org/ a community center for Hispanics with services related to language and education, financial and legal advice, children's activities, and more. Similar organizations with the name Centro Hispano are found in other parts of the USA too; search to see what might be near you.