What does a Volunteer do?

Volunteers provide service or support to a community group, nonprofit organization, charity, or other entity which generally offers some sort of value to the community or general public. They typically do not receive financial compensation for this work. The work they perform can include virtually any type of assistance an organization might need, and often involves manual labor, clerical support, or specialized expertise related to a trade or profession. They may also organize or participate in events or fundraising campaigns. Many chartable or nonprofit organizations rely heavily on volunteers as a critical part of their infrastructure enabling major projects and initiatives.

Volunteers typically have a high school diploma, but often have additional qualifications or specialized expertise. They must be flexible and willing to perform a range of tasks needed for a particular event or project.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Volunteer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$39,161 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $39K
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Volunteer Career Path

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Volunteer Insights

Read what Volunteer professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Horizon Media Solutions
Mar 9, 2021

“Working with so many kinds and generous people who are impacting our world in a positive way.”

Hospice of New YorkHospice of New York
Aug 31, 2022

“Opportunities to grow and take on projects if you have a chip on your shoulder.”

The Cova ProjectThe Cova Project
Feb 6, 2021

“I only volunteered briefly with this organisation but they were such an awesome group of people with an amazing vision”

Bowery Residents'​ CommitteeBowery Residents'​ Committee
Oct 6, 2021

“I would recommend volunteering your time to help this great organization do some good work.”

Ronald McDonald House CharitiesRonald McDonald House Charities
Jan 12, 2021

“My favorite everyone is so nice and fun to work with”

Volunteers of AmericaVolunteers of America
Jan 8, 2021

“Volunteering was fun sometimes and great”

Sue RyderSue Ryder
Aug 9, 2021

“nice place to work and friendly”

St. Luke's Health SystemSt. Luke's Health System
Jan 12, 2021

“Good and flexible schedule a”

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