What volunteer work involves regular interaction with other volunteers?
May 9, 2011 10:19 AM Subscribe
What kinds of volunteer opportunities provide significant interaction with other volunteers? (And any suggestions for specific organizations in the DC area?)
posted by EmilyClimbs to human relations (15 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
I've held a number of different kinds of volunteer positions (ESL teaching/tutoring, tax prep volunteering, job search/resume assistance, tutoring kids, etc), and while I've enjoyed them, I've noticed that they've tended to involve little interaction with other volunteers. Ideally I'd like to find a new volunteer position that has more interaction with other volunteers and/or staff-- primarily as an opportunity for me to make new friends, although another bonus would be a volunteer coordinator (or someone else) with enough interaction with me that they could possibly serve as a job reference at some point.
I'm most interested in volunteer work that's somehow connected to social/economic justice, and/or things that involve empowering people or helping them to get past barriers in their lives-- so especially things like community organizing, community development, human rights, etc. But I'm open to suggestions for other kinds of volunteer work, particularly if you have particular recommendations about specific organizations/opportunities in the DC area.
(Yes, I've looked at Idealist.org. Nothing has turned up that seemed both appealling and a solid bet for significant inter-volunteer interaction. So I figured I'd see if folks here could help.)
So-- what kind of volunteer work have you done/do you know about that involves significant interaction with other volunteers/staff?