Volunteer experience is a great way to demonstrate skills that may not show up in your paid positions. Listing volunteer experience is never a requirement, so include it only if you believe it will help sell you. Sometimes you will just want to list your volunteer experience with no additional information. Listing the dates ( i.e. 2004-2007) in which you did this volunteer work is usually included, but it is always your choice. In one example you’ll see the person indicated the number of years she volunteered for each organization. In some volunteer experiences your volunteer work may have been so extensive that you can describe it almost like a full-time job that would appear in a resume. If you held offices, you should nearly always mention them.
In Resume Empower, the chapter that covers volunteer experience is simply called “Volunteer Experience.” On the website you can find the chapter by clicking on Volunteer Experience under Resume Empower or insert the words volunteer experience in the search box.
- • Volunteer, Special Olympics
- • Volunteer Instructor for Artists with Disabilities Program, YMCA of Bellevue
- • Make a Wish Foundation 1995-Present
- • Friends of the Children 1990-1996
- • “Achievement Award” for Support and Fundraising efforts on behalf of Renfro House, Tacoma, WA (2008)
- • “Letter of Appreciation” from Pierce County Commuter Mitigation Program for (2005-08)
- • “Letter of Appreciation” from US Justice Department for efforts on behalf of returning veterans (2005-07)
- • “Appreciation” plaque from Kansas Humane Society/Project Heart (2000)
Coach, Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) 2004-Present
Volunteer, Boys and Girls Club of Marin County (Various Committees) 2000-2006
Volunteer Instructor, Junior Achievement 1999-2003
Created non-profit San Rafael basketball corporation 1997-2000
Volunteer Presenter, Peterson Middle School (Career Days and Science Fairs) 1994-1999
SPECIAL VOLUNTEER PROJECTS
- • Provided ongoing massage therapy to marathon dancers at Give Peace a Dance Redux
- • Performed weekly Swedish Massage regimen for 23-year-old A.I.D.S. patient under the sponsorship of Special Touch
- • Organized and led donation drive of furniture, clothing, and food for victims of a Dallas apartment complex fire. Organized deliveries through local volunteer firefighters. 2008
United Way of Topeka
- • Vice Chairman Public Relations 2006-Present
- • Member, Funds Allocation Panel 2004-2006
- • Volunteer, Literary Source to tutor reading, writing, speaking as a second language
VOLUNTEER MUSIC & DRAMA DIRECTOR HISTORY 1991 to Present
Volunteer Music and Drama Director for a variety of educational and church groups throughout the North Side. Produce, direct, and perform music for concerts and musical productions. Students range from pre-school through high-school. Regularly commended for professionalism and requested to return for additional projects.
Special Project: Witness United Methodist Church, Chicago, IL. Recruited to rescue adult concert choir program following the unexpected departure of the existing director. Selected and ordered all music, kept accounting records and effectively administered music budget. Acted as Advisor/Assistant Music Director for children’s productions. Responsible for all seasonal concerts and productions, accompanying and directing three Sunday services weekly (in various musical styles), and weekly rehearsals. Requested to continue in position. (2003-2006)
Auction Chairman-Bellerose Montessori, Monitor and train volunteers; lead and plan procurement, marketing, committee appointments, site selection; compile records and maintain budgets; encourage dedication and value of interpersonal relationship to achieve desired goals.
Foundation Representative, Belmont Schools, Belmont High School
Reading Mentor, Belmont High School
Gift Shop Coordinator, Davisson Clinic
Keena, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 2007 to Present
VOLUNTEER – Perform various administrative and event planning services for this non-profit resource center for women in crisis. Attend and actively contribute to monthly meetings on service delivery, outreach, marketing, and development. Have planned and coordinated various promotional events including documentary film screening and discussion.
- • Organized and provided massage to attendees, Murtaugh-Deveny Triathlon
- • Volunteer massage therapist, Ronald McDonald House/Children’s Hospital
- • Awarded plaque for providing employment options and training for mentally challenged workers
- • Sponsored a Little League Team in Queens, 15 consecutive years
- • Organized and provided massage therapy to neighborhood firefighters following 9/11
United Way Volunteer Panel Member. Reviewed and assisted in development of member-agency strategic plans. Recommended fund allocations to United Way of Pima County (1994 to 1996).
COMMUNITY SERVICE HISTORY
- • Volunteer, Lansburg Women’s Shelter (three years)
- • Briarlawn Manor Homeowners Association, Architectural Review Committee (eight years)
- • Volunteer, The Berklee School, New York, NY, Parent’s Association (five years)
- • San Jose County PTA Council (three years)
- • PTA President (one year)
- • Girl Scout Leader (two years)
- • Chairperson, Annual Fundraising Sharps Hospital Women’s Center (one year)
- • Founder, President, and Vice-President of San Jose Professional Women (six years)
- • League of Women Voters Speakers Bureau Volunteer (five years)
REPRESENTATIVE VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
Cedar Meadow Elementary School, San Diego, California 1992 to 2001
COMPUTER LAB VOLUNTEER/MATH TUTOR/CULTURAL EDUCATOR – Designed and facilitated programs in science and computer studies. Additionally provided instruction in diverse cultures and languages.
Nalleywood Beach Summer Camp, San Diego, California Summers 1997-99
CAMP DIRECTOR/COUNSELOR – Administered and marketed a summer program for 120 children aged 7-17. Recruited, trained, and supervised a 12-member counselor staff. Designed all marketing materials. Program was both financially and programmatically successful.
Sigma Kappa Sorority, University of Minnesota 2001 to 2005
Social Chair: Organized social events, administered budgets, and directed a committee of up to eight members. Implemented a new promotional process that upgraded the organization’s image and tripled the number of events.
Standards Board: Served on this select internal disciplinary board. Developed reputation for comprehensive knowledge of rules as well as for impartiality, fairness, and common sense.
Recruitment Counselor: Selected as one of the group’s two representatives on the team recruiting potential candidates to the university’s sorority system. Acted on behalf of all sororities, demonstrating sales, counseling, and rapport-building skills.
COMMUNITY SERVICE EXPERIENCE
CASA, St. Paul, Minnesota 2004 to 2006
CO-DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT/BOARD MEMBER – On a gratis basis, managed a wide range of development activities for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Facilitated weekly board/staff meetings to determine strategic plans and directions in such areas as fundraising, community outreach, public visibility, volunteer recruitment/recognition, business partnerships, and facility development. Effectively upgraded the organization's financial reporting system which provided more timely and accurate information as well as greater accountability. Directed all media and press relations. Recognized for expanding region's awareness and support of CASA.
Co-conceived and implemented annual fundraising dinner entitled "And Justice is Served." with local, state, and federal judges acting as celebrity waiters, Targeted guests included major law firms and their service providers. The event generated $80,000 the first year and over $150,000 the second year.
Additional Community Service
- • Big Brothers & Big Sisters
- • American Diabetes Association
Ecuador Hope 2006 to Present
CO-FOUNDER/DIRECTOR – Organized and incorporated a non-profit company to provide early childhood education, basic health services, and nutrition to the poorest communities of rural Ecuador. Implemented and currently manage all marketing, communications, fundraising, operations, finance, and administration functions. Organization has overseen building of two schools serving 500 families, while employing 17 indigenous leaders and staff members.
Central Park Zoo, New York, NY 1999 to 2007
BOARD MEMBER, DOCENT PROGRAM – Provided management expertise in the operation of the zoo’s volunteer docent program. Developed policies on training and standards.
VOLUNTEER/DOCENT – Presented detailed programs and conducted tours. Developed reputation as an accomplished and informed presenter, consistently receiving evaluations.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HISTORY
- • Mentor, Snohomish County Bar Association Family Law Mentor Program
- • South Snohomish County Family Law Mediation Panel
- • SCBA Pro Bono Legal Clinic, Everett, WA
- • Snohomish County Collaborative Law Training Committee
VOLUNTEER COACHING EXPERIENCE
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT DEFENSIVE/OFFENSIVE LINE COACH/VARSITY, Jackson High School. Perform a wide range of coaching activities for this 4A high school football program. Confer with coaching staff to develop annual goals and game plans. Additionally, serve as JV linebacker/defensive back coach (2006-present)
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT DEFENSIVE BACK COACH/VARSITY, Meany High School, San Rafael, CA (1987)
VOLUNTEER HUMAN SERVICES EXPERIENCE
Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Kings County, Brooklyn, NY 2006 to Present
INTERN/VOLUNTEER ADVOCATE – Perform a wide range of client services for this regional nonprofit social services organization. Respond to new and existing client inquiries on the multi-line “hotline” as well as in person. Provide referrals to legal, medical, and social services throughout the community. Work closely with senior domestic violence, sexual assault, and legal staff members. Assist clients complete and file legal and other documents. Often accompany clients to court and medical appointments. Actively participate in staff and policy meetings. Maintain and update client files, assuring utmost confidentiality.
Provide staffing of booths and tables at community events to provide visibility to organization. Provided child care to clients during group sessions and other events. Recognized for providing quality, professional, and customized service to all clients.
- • Organized and set up dedicated multi-functional intern office that enabled greater productivity and provided additional client meeting space.
- • Coordinated children’s art project that became an integral part of “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.”
- • Wrote article on the “International AIDS Conference” that was published in the agency’s monthly newsletter.
Christ the Redeemer Church Community Childcare Program, Brooklyn, NY 2005 to 2006
CHILDCARE PROVIDER – Supervised groups of children ages infant through five years, for this community childcare center. Followed extensive security procedures. Maintained safety equipment, organized events and activities, and provided snacks and beverages. Regularly selected to train and supervise new employees and volunteers.
- • As Vice President of Miami Women in Travel and as Out of Country Chairman for APTA (Association of Promotion of Tourism to Asia) directly responsible for successful coordination of meeting venues, programs, guest speakers and meal catering for membership. As a result of interesting and informational program was able to increase membership by 25% and 40% respectively.
- • Chairman of Miami West High School Athletic Awards banquet, attended by over 1000 students and family members. Oversaw the choice of venue with meal selection and programming format. Received guest speaker compliments regarding professionalism of our awards banquet.
- • Currently Vice President of Palms Community Association and President of Treeline Homeowners Association. Created numerous committees to handle operations of both organizations and delegated responsibilities to committee chairmen. Implemented the findings of a reserve study for the homeowners, resulting in a project plan for the next year.