RSVP Volunteer Opportunities

Type of Agency

Volunteer Duties and Responsibilities

GED to Postsecondary Tutor teenagers studying for the GED.  Math, science, social studies and language arts tutors are needed.
Health Organization Volunteer Event Organizer. Provide information and organize local fundraising activities
Animal protection Care for animals, and assist with public adoption of animals
Special Events Arthritis Walk Volunteer.  Greet & register walkers, cheerleader, setting up & serving refreshments.
Family Support Services Administrative Assistant.  Greet and direct office visitors, answer phones, and other administrative responsibilities.
Matches youth with adult mentors Volunteer Administrative Assistant. Contact References, Conduct phone interviews and update assessments for participants awaiting service.
Assisted living facility Assist residents w/activities, one-on-one visits, and sing-a-longs.
Assisted living facility Visit with residents, help with crafts, play games, and read to residents.
Residence for cancer patients Volunteer receptionist.  Shifts are 3 hours in length from 9:00am-9:00pm.
Historic local cinema and theatre Volunteers serve in one or all of the following areas-an usher, tour guide, clerical assist, and/or ticket taker.
Resource agency for seniors 60+ Greet visitors and serve as volunteer receptionist.
Patient and family healthcare Support Volunteer.  Volunteers serve in one or all of the following areas-provide patient and family support, fundraising for special events, and/or provide administrative and clerical support.  Volunteers are also needed to knit or crochet care shawls for patients; patterns are provided.
Public Gardens Assist w with tours, caring and working with plants & flowers, assist in the gift shop, data entry, and/or assist in the garden café.
Cancer awareness and support program Volunteers serve in one or all of the following areas-welcome patients, serve as hostess, and/or assist with clerical duties.
Eye hospital Volunteers serve in one or all of the following areas - assist visually impaired patients, serve as hostess, and/or help with clerical duties.
Hospital Volunteers serve in one or all of the following areas-help with snack bar sales, assist in gift shop, and assist patients in waiting rooms.
Information and referrals Market Durham by greeting newcomers and providing information.
Public libraries Provide clerical assistance in children's room and reshelving books.
Literacy for adults Tutor adults in English and Spanish. Training provided.
Teaches life skills for families with children under age 6 Mentor at risk families and teach parenting/life skills to improve self-esteem.  Training is provided. 
Literacy promotion for young children Read to young children.
Public schools Serve as a Reading Buddy, math tutor, and/or mentor to children in public schools. A background check is required.
Hospital Volunteers serve in the following areas-Assisting patients in the waiting room, patient visiting and assisting in the gift shop.
After School Training (Students & Parents) Assist students with homework; assist with educational activities; and also help parents understand documents sent home by the school system.
Food Bank Accept donations. 
Online Career Exploration Tool Post answers to online questions, from middle and high school students, regarding various career paths.
Child advocacy program Volunteer Advocate.  Represent and promote the best interest of abused and neglected, or dependent children involved in the court system.
Build houses for low Income families Volunteer Construction/Builder.  Participate in all aspects of the building of Habitat Homes.  On the job, hands on training.
Assisted living facility Visit with residents, help with crafts, assist with game playing, and read to residents.
State Historic Site Volunteers serve in one or all of the following areas - docents, special event staff, seamstress, marketing assistant or administrative assistant.
Senior assisted-living residence Interact with elderly residents, one-on-one and in groups.  Also assist with arts and crafts.
Employment Re-entry Program Life Coach/Mentor and Job Developer.  Helping women re-enter the workforce.
Services for international visitors Meet and greet International visitors.
Domestic Violence Legal Assistant to attorney who serves domestic violence clients.
Home delivered meals Pack lunches and deliver meals to homebound clients.
Nature and Science Museum Volunteers serve in the following areas-greet visitors, demonstrate exhibits, guide tours, and/or assist with Santa train.
Nature and Science Museum Volunteer Office Assistant.  Answer the telephone, fax, copy, data entry, order supplies, and etc.
State university Volunteer Office assistant to help with filing student records, answering phones and assembling recruitment materials.
State university Assist with registration.
Gardening advice for general public Volunteer Master Gardener.  Answer gardening questions via the telephone and walk-ins at the NC Cooperative Extension Services location and at various other sites (Farmer’s Market, Home Show, etc).
Welcome Baby

Parent Supporter.  Call new parents once a week for about 8 weeks to answer questions and provide information on newborn care and community resources.
Child Care Helper.  Hold babies and engage young children in reading and play activities while their parents attend workshops and programs.

International Airport Volunteer Ambassador.  Meet, greet, and assist RDU travelers.
Emergency service organization Volunteers assist in the following areas-work blood mobile, drive low-income clients to medical appointments, serve as canteen attendant, assist in office, and/or assist with disaster training.
Tutors and also creates sustainable green spaces After School Program.  Volunteers assist children during nature oriented activities and provide help with homework.
Assisted living residence Assist with horticultural programs, sing-a-longs, current events and bingo.
Community education Volunteers serve in the following areas-greeters, enter data, and/or help with administrative duties.
Public television Take telephone during festival fundraising.
Food, shelter and clothing for needy Volunteers serve in the following areas-Data Entry, prepare and serve food to needy, sort clothing, serve as a Greeter, and/or help with fundraising activities,
Welcome center for military personnel at RDU Volunteers welcome military personnel and serve as ambassadors for the USO.
Free tax preparation Volunteer Tax Preparer.  Complete state and federal taxes for low-to-moderate income taxpayers and the elderly.  Training and testing are mandatory.
Medical center for veterans Volunteers assist in the following areas-Hospital lab, visit with patients, run errands, assist with dental setup, and/or serve in administrative capacity.
Durham Congregation in Action Volunteer Mentor.  Meet with a team of mentors and teens to provide support and encouragement in career related and academic activities.

Call 919-536-7247 or email if you are interested in volunteering.


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