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12 Ways to Make a Difference This Holiday Season? VolunteerMatch Has Thousands

Submitted by: VolunteerMatch

Categories: Volunteerism, Activism

Posted: Dec 11, 2009 – 02:00 PM EST


SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 11 /CSRwire/ - This holiday season, there's more need than ever to volunteer, and with VolunteerMatch as your guide, finding the right outlet for your skills and interests is simply a click away.

Just enter your ZIP code or town at to search for opportunities in your community. Whether you can contribute a little or a lot, your time, energy and resources will help those less fortunate enjoy the spirit of the season. Moreover, you’ll find that your own holiday becomes a lot more meaningful by making it an opportunity to give back.

To remind everyone that volunteering is fun, fulfilling - and free - we've put together an amusing list of 12 ways you can get involved this holiday season:

  • 12 Drummers Drumming - The Easter Seals Project Explore in Valhalla, NY is looking for a volunteer music teacher to lead a weekly music activity for children with special needs.

  • 11 Pipers PipingNoah's Ark Animal Welfare Association in Ledgewood, NJ needs skilled plumbers for general repairs and advice.

  • 10 Lords a Leaping - SCI Dorchester in Dorchester, MA needs a volunteer fitness instructor with a sports background to assist in weekly activity classes.

  • 9 Ladies Dancing - The Marion County Mustangs in Ocala, FL are looking for youth cheer/dance coaches to help the squad cheer on local sports teams.

  • 8 Maids a Milking - Hidden Villa Organic Farm and Wilderness Preserve in Los Altos Hills, CA needs volunteers to teach environmental education and give tours of the farm.

  • 7 Swans a Swimming - The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach, NC needs certified dive volunteers to assist with routine cleaning and maintenance of exhibits.

  • 6 Geese a Laying - Dorothy Day House of Berkeley in Berkeley, CA needs a breakfast prep cook to serve eggs, cereal and fruit to drop-in guests at People’s Park.

  • 5 Golden Rings - Nauticus in Norfolk, VA, needs volunteers to dress up as pirates and pass out information, eye patches and gold coins at events and festivals.

  • 4 Calling BirdsThe Wings of Love Bird Haven in Red Oak, TX is looking for volunteers to aid with food preparation, cleaning, and one-on-one time with the birds.

  • 3 French HensPalo Alto Philharmonic Association in Palo Alto, CA needs a French Horn player for its all-volunteer community orchestra.

  • 2 Turtle DovesRSVP of Volusia County in DeBary, FL seeks senior volunteers for their coastal, manatee and turtle conservation programs.

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree - The Long Branch Environmental Education Center in Leicester, NC needs intern landscapers with an interest in agriculture, permaculture, edible landscape and - yes, pear trees - to help its nurseries.

To get involved with these and many other opportunities, visit

About VolunteerMatch

VolunteerMatch is a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities by helping great people and great causes to connect. Its award-winning online service,, makes it easy to find a way to make a difference by location, expertise, or availability. VolunteerMatch provides many of the nation's most recognized businesses, campuses and organizations with Web-based solutions to facilitate and track volunteer engagement at local and national levels. As the #1 ranking for "volunteer" on Google and Yahoo!, the VolunteerMatch network regularly welcomes more than 180,000 visitors each week and has become the preferred volunteer recruiting service for tens of thousands of participating nonprofits across the country.

For more information, please contact:

Robert Rosenthal Director of Communications
Phone: 415.241.6865
Phone 2: 415.613.8441

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