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More than 2000 links are organized into 25 categories.  Browse the categories and sub categories to find links to web sites with information you can use to build and sustain strong organizations helping youth move through school and into jobs and careers.  Some of the links point to older pages on some web sites. Click to the "home" page to find the most current information being shared. Look for social media links and connect with these organizations in social media. Look for the resource pages and visit sites that these organizations point to. This is a huge resource and it keeps growing. As you get to know what's here, by frequent visits,  it will grow in its value to you.

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Corporation for National Service
CNS supports national service programs that provide opportunities for participants to serve as individuals or part of teams in non-profits throughout the country. The three programs of CNS are AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve America, and the National Senior Service Corps.

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Create the Good. AARP Volunteer Campaign
AARP established Create The Good to enable people to make a difference in the lives of others. AARP markets this through their web site and media to their membership of senior citizens. Thus, it would be useful for non profits to be listed here.

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Directory of Resources for the Volunteer Management Profession
This page on the ENERGIZE, Inc. includes a wide range of topic related to volunteer management. This page also has a section with lists of sites where non profits can list volunteer opportunities and where volunteers can search for places to volunteer.

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Encore - redefining life after 50
From the web site: " is building a movement to tap the skills and experience of those in midlife and beyond to improve communities and the world. Largely through foundation support, has worked to redefine later life, shifting from the 20th-century idea of retirement as the freedom from work to a new life stage that offers the freedom to work and to contribute in new ways – and to new ends."

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EPIC - engaging Chicago creative professionals
From the web site: "EPIC empowers creative people to make social change happen in Chicago. We sponsor creative rallies—eight, intense, fun weeks of collaboration—which pair hand-picked volunteers from the ad and design community with Chicago-based nonprofit clients focused on education, children and families." EPIC also has chapter in Minneapolis.

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Experience Corps - AARP Foundation Tutoring Program
From the web site: "AARP Foundation Experience Corps is an intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program that is proven to help children who aren’t reading at grade level become great readers by the end of third grade. We inspire and empower adults age 50 and older to serve in their community and disrupt the cycle of poverty by making a lasting difference in the lives of America’s most vulnerable children."

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Find and post volunteer opportunities at
From the web site: "Idealist is all about connecting idealists - people who want to do good - with opportunities for action and collaboration. With more than 100,000 organizations and 1.4 million monthly visitors to our English, Spanish (, and French ( sites, Idealist helps people move from intention to action all over the world."

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Generations Serving Generations Illinois
The goal of Generations Serving Generations "is to highlight existing efforts in civic engagement and expand them to boost learning, strengthen the workforce, and enrich community life."

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Guide to Volunteering and Non-Profit Careers
From the web site: "Volunteer work is not just an item on a resume or college application – it’s an essential part of a functioning society. The benefits of volunteer work reach far and wide with a ripple effect that begins with the individual and nonprofit organization and extends beyond the larger community, benefiting everyone in its wake. In this guide, you’ll learn more about the importance of volunteer work, how to find volunteer opportunities, and how to transition from volunteering to a career in a nonprofit."

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Hands on Network - Points of Light Institute
From the web site: "HandsOn Network, the volunteer-focused arm of Points of Light Institute, is the largest volunteer network in the nation and includes more than 250 HandsOn Action Centers in 16 countries. HandsOn includes a powerful network of more than 70,000 corporate, faith and nonprofit organizations that are answering the call to serve and creating meaningful change in their communities. Annually, the network delivers approximately 30 million hours of volunteer service valued at about $600 million."

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Hands On Network - We inspire, equip and mobilize people to take action that changes the world.
From the web site: The Hands On Network's goal is to help every person "discover their power to make a difference, creating healthy communities in vibrant democracies around the world."

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Hands On Volunteer
From the web site: "HandsOn Volunteer brings volunteer management to new heights with a fully functioning website supported by a Salesforce backend that allows you to register and schedule volunteers & teams, report attendance, and organize service events with just a few clicks. HandsOn Connect was created in partnership with Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, incorporating the network’s vast experience with volunteer management to bring nonprofits the most flexible solution available on Salesforce. Test drive HandsOn Connect with a free guided tour to see this superpower in action."

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Heart of Illinois United Way Volunteer Center
Heart of Illinois United Way Volunteer Center serves Central Illinois and the Peoria area.

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Hearts & Minds Helps People Get Involved in Solving Global Poverty
From the web site: "We work to help make the world more sustainable, just, peaceful and beautiful now and for all future generations. Specifically, our main goal is to help end extreme global poverty much more quickly and cost effectively with programs that get to the roots of this major challenge. We work to accomplish this through public education, advocacy and lobbying in the United States and eventually in other wealthy nations. We will also work to create and expand exemplary direct service projects overseas, empowering some of the world’s poorest people to lift themselves from extreme poverty." This link points to a page with an extensive library of resources and articles.

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Ideas for building stronger corporate volunteer programs
Realized Worth provides presentations and workshops to companies and organizations all over the world. This page shows some of the topics they are frequently asked to talk about.

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Jefferson Awards for Public Service
The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service.  Daniel F. Bassill, President of the Tutor/Mentor Connection, was a Chicago Jefferson Award winner in 1982. Visit this web site to nominate your own Hero.

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Leading Age California - advocate for quality, not-for-profit senior living and care
from the web site:"Founded in 1961, LeadingAge California is the state’s leading advocate for quality, not-for-profit senior living and care. The association’s advocacy, educational programs and public relations help its members best serve the needs of more than 100,000 of the state’s older adults. LeadingAge California represents more than 400 nonprofit providers of senior living and care – including affordable housing, continuing care retirement communities, assisted living, skilled-nursing, and home and community- based care; as well as our business partners and residents."

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Literacy Programs In Chicago Area
Literacy Volunteers of Illinois provides links to nearly 100 literacy organizations in the Chicago area, which you can search by sections of the city and suburbs.

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NEON CRM - tool for non profits
From the web site: "NEON is a web based constituent relationship management (CRM) system that provides fundraising & membership based organizations with all the tools required to increase donations & memberships while automating most common processes."

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From the web site: NobleHour is "The easiest way to mobilize people who want to make a difference in the world NobleHour connects people with opportunities, tracks projects and service hours, and generates comprehensive and powerful impact reports.."

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One Good Deed Chicago - find volunteer opportunities
This site, supported by the Mayor's office, can be used by organizations seeking volunteers to support their tutoring, mentoring activities and by individuals seeking volunteer opportunities in mentoring and other types of youth serving organizations.

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Points of Light Institute - Ideas & Insights
From the web site: "Points of Light provides research, analysis, tools and training to support the creation and management of volunteer programs. Browse our most recent resources below, or feel free to search by keyword or filter results using the search criteria to the right."

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Profits for Purpose - supports employee involvement
From the web site "We build active community platforms, driving employee volunteer experiences where passion and opportunity come together to create sustainable impact and transformative stories." Browse the site to learn more.

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Salsa Labs - integrated software solution
From the web site: "Over 10,000 nonprofit professionals use Salsa's integrated software for donor management, marketing, fundraising, advocacy, and peer to peer to fuel great causes across the globe." Browse the site to learn more.

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Samaritan Technologies - volunteer management software
From the web site: "Samaritan is more than a software company. We are partners, coaches, designers, and yes, even volunteers. We help our clients manage and grow their volunteer programs with products to match their changing needs." Visit the site to learn more.

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