Volunteer Opportunities

Visit the following pages to learn more about volunteering to support

military, veterans, families, and survivors in your area.

Armed Services of the YMCA:

Your local branch can work with you to find a rewarding volunteer opportunity, no matter how much time you have. Opportunities include:

  • Operation Kid Comfort
  • Y on Wheels
  • General Administrative

To volunteer, contact them via email, phone 703. 313.9600 or directly through your local branch.


Cause organizes gift packs and activities for servicemembers injured in any military theatre. To participate in their programs visit http://www.cause-usa.org/contactus.php

Cause programs are run by volunteers, who range in age from 13 to 70. Most work fulltime, have families and school and career commitments. Many are young and share the interests and vitality of the service men and women recuperating at our military hospitals.

To apply for these positions and make a difference in the lives of men and women who have sacrificed so much, contact Cause.

Coming Home Project:

If you are a psychotherapist you can inquire about our trainings and, if you live in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, volunteeering to provide direct, probono services to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. If you are a volunteer who would like to donate your time, energy, expertise, and skills, please contact us by clicking on VolunteerMatch or Volunteer Solutions. If you are a member of the general public and would like to learn more about the Coming Home Project, or attend one of their community meetings, please contact them here.

Disabled American Veterans:

The Disabled American Veterans’ Voluntary Service Program provides numerous opportunities for men and women of all ages to help make a difference in the lives of disabled veterans. Thousands of disabled veterans face real needs that government programs can’t meet. That’s where DAV volunteers come in to bridge the gap.

Whether helping veterans get to and from medical appointments, or spending time with hospitalized veterans, the services of volunteers are critical to our nation’s wounded warriors. http://www.dav.org/volunteers/index.html

Fisher House Foundation:

Volunteering is done at the local level, and not through the Fisher House Foundation in Rockville, MD. We suggest you contact the manager of a Fisher House directly either by telephone or email. The manager is in a better position to know what is needed at his or her house.

To find the names, phone numbers, and email addresses for the managers click here and select the state/location of the house you are interested in.

Homes for Our Troops:

Homes for our Troops TeamRaiser Events

Steps Toward Home – Hold an Online Fundraising Event – Walk, Bike, Run, Jump Rope or Read Books, ask family and friends to sponsor you by sending them email letters and let them help you reach your fundraising goal! It is free to become a team member and you will have access to your own Personal Web Page where you can:

  • Upload images from your computer to tell your story.
  • Write in your own words why you want to raise money for Homes for Our Troops
  • Set a goal and send out personalized emails to friends and family asking them to help you reach your goal
  • Track your progress of funds raised

Volunteer to Raise Awareness Letter Print, customize and send this letter to businesses and individuals to raise awareness about Homes for Our Troops as well as tastefully ask them to donate. Word icon


Interested in organizing an IAVA event? Here you’ll find some materials that will help make things easy.

You can also download all of the above materials in a single .zip file:

  • Download the Full Organizing Packet
  • Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund:

    If you are interested in raising funds for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, please e-mail us and let us know who you are, the nature of your event and how we can reach you.

    · Our Contributors

    · Upcoming Fundraising Events

    · Event Photo Galleries

    Jacob’s Light Foundation:

    Jacob’s Light Foundation sends care packages to deployed servicemembers. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with Jacob’s Light Foundation, visit http://www.jacobsprogram.org.

    National Military Family Association:

    National Military Family Association has opportunities for volunteers in Communications, Development, Government Relations, Membership, and Youth Initiatives http://www.nmfa.org/site/PageServer?pagename=department_volunteer_jobs

    National Veterans Legal Services Program:


    · What Is the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

    · How You Can Help

    · How the Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Works

    · Why Do Your Pro Bono Work Through the Veterans Consortium
    Pro Bono Program?

    Navy Marine Corps Relief Society:

    More than 3,000 trained Volunteers, both ashore and aboard ships, accomplish the major portion of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society’s work. Learn more about volunteering by visiting http://www.nmcrs.org/helping.html.

    New Directions:

    Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation. An estimated 20,000 veterans live on the streets of L.A. — eleven percent (11%) of all homeless veterans nationwide. Learn more about the important work of New Directions and how to volunteer by contacting LaShanda Maze at 310-914-4045, ext. 161.

    Operation Homefront:

    There are many ways to help by donating your time. For a directory of Operation Homefront chapters, click here.

    Our Military Kids:

    Our Military Kids are always looking for volunteers to help in several areas in our McLean office including grant processing, development and fundraising, special events, marketing and public relations, graphics design, and general administration. If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities, please contact us at omkinquiry@ourmilitarykids.org or calling us at (703) 734-6654.

    Project Return to Work:

    Project Return to Work is in need of volunteers for one hour per week (in most cases) in the following areas: House Keepers, Meeting and Convention Planners, Private Pilots, Executive Committee, Recruiting Committee, Review Committee, Development Committee, Benefits Committee, Research Committee, Legal team Insurance Specialist Directors, Journalists, Advertising Copywriters, Proposals, Legal Experts, etc. Please click here for more information.

    TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors):

    We need your help! Volunteers make up a significant part of our TAPS family. Your support enables us to focus on our military survivors, and ensure that their needs are met.


    Volunteer at a fundraising event, Regional Seminar & Good Grief Camp, or at our Annual National Survivor Seminar & Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors.

    United Through Reading:

    For more information, please complete the volunteer application.

    Since their inception in 1989, volunteers have contributed to the successful development and implementation of United Through Reading’s programs by giving over 204,502 hours of time.

    · The United Through Reading® Military Program Volunteers:
    Provide assistance raising awareness in our military community

    USA Cares:

    Help provide Outreach opportunities.

    Help provide Outreach and Fund Development opportunities.

    Submit a Volunteer Application.

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