Important notes: We are strategizing major changes in our activities. This may dramatically change what is described elsewhere in our website.
We are currently only seeking those with extensive experience in their chosen activities. You can speak with us before you visit to make sure this is a good opportunity for you.
Below is important information on volunteering and what you can gain here. Please read it completely before your info session.
This page is also important before your info session.
You can help from anywhere on Earth (and elsewhere if you can manage a phone, fax or e-mail connection).
Utilize your abilities, sharpen your skills and grow in new areas. Learn while helping others make a difference.
Small is good
This smaller size offers you opportunities to directly work with our president and others. We get plenty done for our size, and we're very responsive to new ideas. Our offices are not luxurious, but we are very friendly and welcoming.
Sapna, a Hearts & Minds volunteer, enjoying gaining experience while helping us help millions of people
Skills and experience
If your English is limited, your activities with us may be limited. We can arrange an assessment by phone or Skype (ours is: greatchange), before you decide whether to visit our office.
Volunteering with us provides excellent opportunities to further improve your English skills. We have many recommendations how to advance your skills with any language.
All volunteers are always welcome to let us know how we can improve their experiences and our organization's work.
Our regular office hours are currently variable, mostly during Monday - Friday afternoons. Other times are added only on an occasional basis.
another Hearts & Minds volunteer,
doing valuable research for the End Poverty Campaign.
Unpaid internships, co-ops and
We also offer Leadership Opportunities for more ambitious individuals.
Students may fulfill community service or internship requirements and gain valuable experience. Course credit and independent study are possible in collaboration with your school. Here's more info.
Volunteers under age 18 can participate in most of the same activities as our older volunteers. They do need a parent or legal guardian to co-sign our Volunteer Policies.
Hearts & Minds works with volunteers age 14 or older - and even some who are younger if always accompanied by a parent or guardian, who are also welcome to attend our info session and meet our president .
We will gladly consider installing additional software or equipment to make your experience here more comfortable, effective and fulfilling.
For hearing impaired individuals, we usually communicate by typing on a computer. This has worked well so far.
For visually impaired, if you can touch type, there may be extensive things you can do on our computers.
For physically challenged individuals, this may include regular meetings in a fully accessible part of the building that houses our offices. We may also set you up with a wireless connection to our computer network there. Please note: Our main office is on a second floor accessible only by steps. We regret that we cannot afford to install an elevator.
Mentally and psychologically challenged individuals: Please talk with Bill first, so he can help make sure what opportunities are best for you.
Required community service: We appreciate these volunteers, and they often make a valuable contribution. We also welcome court-ordered volunteering, but not for all alleged crimes. A few other special conditions also apply: more info.
Pay, expenses, costs and fees
For most volunteers, there are no application charges.
We ask our volunteers to make monthly donations on a sliding scale. Those of limited means may give $5 a month, if they can. The amount is up to you, based on what you can readily afford. For well-off volunteers, the donation could be $100/month or more.
Our preference is for you to set up an automatic, monthly donation here. You can always discontinue this. You can also donate at our office. Please do not send cash by mail.
You are not expected to start donating before your second time volunteering, and your info session doesn't have to count. There is a larger minimum for some required community service volunteers: more info.
There are no other charges.
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