Important notes: This is an exciting time. We’re doing a major reevaluation. There may be big changes in the End Poverty Campaign and other projects. .
For most activities, we require at least a year of experience - and several years for some activities. Except for those with high level, professional skills, we ask most volunteers to average at least 15 hours a week. Some exceptions to these guidelines are possible. You can speak with us about this before you come in.
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.
We're officially open for volunteers 1 PM - 6 PM Mondays, 10 AM - 6 PM Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 10 AM - 3 PM Fridays. Substantial additional hours including evenings and weekends may be available for selected volunteers.
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 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.
Mentally and psychologically challenged individuals: Please talk with Bill first, so we can decide 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, we appreciate your considering a donation of $100 a 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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