The Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee

Before You Volunteer

It's great that you want to volunteer! Many will benefit when you do -- the agency, the clients they serve, and you. Ready to find that perfect volunteer opportunity? We'll help you get there, but here are a few things to consider first.

1. Time

  • When are you available? Look at your schedule and time and be realistic.
  • What kind of commitment can you make? Some opportunities are one time only; others are short-term projects or require an ongoing commitment. Be sure to choose something that fits your schedule. Consider combining volunteering with other activities in your life, such as family time or hobbies. Find opportunities in our database by your availability.
  • 2. Skills/Interests

  • Why do you want to volunteer? Are you volunteering to meet people, to help others, because you feel passionate about an issue, to gain professional experience, to express your religious faith, or for a class assignment? There are lots of reasons and no right or wrong answers. Knowing yourself will help you get the most out of the experience.
  • What causes or issues are important to you? Is it poverty, children, the environment or a health issue? Where would you like to make an impact? Not sure? Look in our searchable volunteer database for ideas.
  • What talents, experience or skills do you want to share? Volunteering can also be a great way to learn something new.
  • Do you want to use your skills on a Nonprofit Board of Directors? You will find opportunities in the Board Connections section of our website.

  • 3. Personal Considerations

  • Age: Some opportunities have age limits. Our database listings often include minimum age. If you are under 18, check the Teen box in our searchable database.
  • RSVP is a membership organization for adults age 55 and over who serve in nonprofit organizations and schools. Opportunities available to RSVP members are listed on this website. To learn more, click here.
  • Location: Will you drive, walk or take public transportation? If getting there is difficult, it may be a challenge to stay committed. You can find volunteer opportunities by Zip Code in our database.
  • Situation: Some opportunities are better suited to families, court ordered volunteers or those physically or mentally challenged. Look in the I Am section to find what works for you.
  • If you have a disability and would like more help finding a volunteer opportunity contact Jeanne Phillips at 414-273-7887 or

    4. Experience

  • Do you want to work alone or with others in a group?
  • What are your expectations? Your volunteer experience will be much more satisfying if you understand your expectations from the start.
  • With whom do you want to work? With infants, children, teens, those with physical or mental disabilities, adults, senior citizens, animals or by yourself? Find opportunities in our database by Group or Cause.
  • Where would you like to work? In a school? Outdoors? In an office? At a food pantry?
  • 5. Ready to Go?

  • Find Opportunities by searching our database.
  • Try out one or several of the One-Time Opportunities in our database. This will give you a chance to decide what may be the best fit for you.
  • Once you have found an opportunity, you will want to be a great volunteer.
  • 6. Still Exploring? We look forward to helping you.

  • If you need special assistance call our office at 414-273-7887 to make an appointment to meet with someone that will help you find an opportunity.

  • Complete this volunteer Opportunity request form if you are unable to find what you are looking for on the site and we will search our website on your behalf to find suitable opportunities according to the information that you provide.
  • Either, mail the form to us at: 2819 W. Highland Blvd., Milwaukee, WI 53208
    Or, you can email the form to us at: