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Women's Issues

American’s for UNFPA - UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, provides women’s health and promotes the rights of women in 180 countries. It is the largest international source of such assistance.

Center for Reproductive Rights - For more than 15 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right.

Dress for Success - Dress for Success Worldwide is an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 85 cities across the U.S., Canada, the U.K., the Netherlands and New Zealand. They provide professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support to women to foster self-sufficiency and success in their careers.

Equality Now - Equality Now was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around the world. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support their efforts to stop these human rights abuses.

Global Fund for Women - The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. They advocate for and defend women's human rights by making grants to support women's groups around the world. The Global Fund makes grants to seed, strengthen and link women's rights groups based outside the United States working to address human rights issues that include ending gender-based violence and building peace, ensuring economic and environmental justice, advancing health and sexual and reproductive rights, expanding civic and political participation, increasing access to education, and fostering social change and philanthropy.

The Grameen Foundation - Grameen Foundation, founded as Grameen Foundation USA, is a global 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. that works to replicate the Grameen Bank microfinance model around the world through a global network of partner microfinance institutions. Their mission is to enable the poor, especially the poorest, to create a world without poverty. They are a leader in the fight against poverty in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab World, and the Americas. Since their beginning in 1997, their programs, resources and fresh ideas have helped more than 45 million poor people, mostly women and children, improve their lives.

International Women’s Health Coalition - The International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC) promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive rights and health (SRRH) of all women and young people, particularly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, by helping to develop effective health and population policies, programs, and funding.

Planned Parenthood - Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. For more than 90 years, they’ve worked to improve women’s health and safety, prevent unintended pregnancies, and advance the right and ability of individuals and families to make informed and responsible choices.

The Population Council - The Population Council, an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources.


Action for Healthy Kids - Action for Healthy Kids is a public-private partnership of more than 60 national organizations and government agencies representing education, health, fitness and nutrition. Action for Healthy Kids addresses the epidemic of overweight, sedentary, and undernourished youth by focusing on changes in schools to improve nutrition and increase physical activity. Thousands of volunteer administrators, educators, health professionals, parents, and others take action at the state, district, and school building levels through Action for Healthy Kids' Teams in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, because healthy children learn better.

Artists for a New South Africa - Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) is a nonprofit organization working in the U.S. and South Africa to combat HIV/AIDS, assist children orphaned by the disease, advance human and civil rights, educate and empower youth, and build bonds between our nations through arts, culture, and our shared pursuit of social justice.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters - Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. They have been the leader in one-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.

Boys Town - Under the direction of Father Steven Boes, Boys Town provides direct care to more than 400,000 children and families each year through its youth care and health care programs at sites in a dozen states and the District of Columbia.

Child Aid - Child Aid offers volunteer opportunities in Guatemala and Oaxaca, Mexico. They welcome volunteers with a range of skills and expertise for periods of two weeks to one year. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred, however not mandatory. The type of service is dependent on an individual’s field of study, professional experience and interest.

Citizen Schools - Citizen Schools primary focus is on expanding the learning day for low-income children across the country with after-school education programs for students in the middle grades (6th, 7th and 8th). They operate in middle schools in seven states, serving 4,400 children and engaging 3,200 volunteers. Their programs complement classroom learning by engaging students in hands-on learning projects led by adult volunteers and supported by a staff of professional educators.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - CASA provides court-appointed volunteer advocates for abused and neglected children. If you are interested in becoming a court-appointed advocate, find resources here.

Covenant House - Covenant House is the largest privately-funded agency in the Americas providing shelter and other services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth. In addition to food, shelter, clothing and immediate crisis care, Covenant House provides a variety of services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth including medical care, educational and vocational programs, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal aid services, recreation programs, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, life-skills training and street outreach. Incorporated in New York City in 1972, Covenant House has facilities in 21 cities throughout the United States, Canada, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Covenant House also operates 24-hour crisis hotlines in the United States (Covenant House NINELINE) and Mexico (Acercatel).

Experience Corps - Experience Corps engages people over 55 in meeting their communities' greatest challenges. Two thousand Experience Corps members tutor and mentor in 23 cities across the country, providing literacy coaching, homework help, consistent role models and committed, caring attention.

Healthy Child Healthy World - Healthy Child Healthy World is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization inspiring parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. More than 125 million Americans, especially children, now face an historically unprecedented rise in chronic disease and illness such as cancer, autism, asthma, birth defects, ADD/ADHD, and learning and developmental disabilities. Healthy Child Healthy World helps millions of parents, educators, health professionals, and the general public takes action to create healthy environments and embrace green, non-toxic steps. Every year, people across the country give their time and talent to serve in a variety of ways. From helping out at the Healthy Child Healthy World headquarters to helping organize and coordinate events all over the country, they have many volunteer opportunities.

Kidsave - Kidsave's mission is to ensure that no orphan or foster child is forgotten and that every child grows up in a family with love and hope for a successful future. Since 1999, more than 2700 children have found parents and lasting connections with adults thanks to Kidsave programs. Kidsave's Weekend Miracles connects older foster care youth with caring adults who are interested in creating lasting relationships with children and helping them find an adoptive family. Their program is currently offered in Los Angeles County, CA and Washington, DC.

KaBOOM! - KaBOOM! is a national non-profit that empowers communities to build playgrounds. They passionately believe that play has purpose, and that unstructured play in particular helps make children happier, fitter, smarter, more socially adept and creative.

Make a Wish Foundation - Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has enriched the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions through its wish-granting work. The Foundation's mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A-Wish® experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors, and entire communities. The Foundation offers a volunteer position for everyone wishing to help in the following areas: being a committee member, event/fundraiser planning & assistance, language interpreter/translator, office help, professional services of all kinds, public speaking/advocacy & promotion, and wish granting. Volunteer opportunities and availability vary by local chapter.

Mentor - MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership has been working to expand the world of quality mentoring. MENTOR believes that, with the help and guidance of an adult mentor, each child can discover how to unlock and achieve his or her potential. MENTOR is widely acknowledged as the nation's premier advocate and resource for the expansion of mentoring initiatives nationwide. As such, MENTOR works with a strong network of state and local Mentoring Partnerships to leverage resources and provide the support and tools that mentoring organizations need to effectively serve young people in their communities.

Pratham USA - Pratham is India's largest non-profit organization working in the area of primary education. Seeded by UNICEF in 1994, Pratham was founded in the slums of Mumbai by Dr. Madhav Chavan and Farida Lambay. Currently, they serve underprivileged children across 21 states in India. You can volunteer with a local Pratham chapter or for Pratham USA's office in Houston.

Safe Passage - Safe Passage works with the poorest at-risk children of families working in the Guatemala City garbage dump. Within a safe and caring environment, they provide a comprehensive and integrated program that fosters hope, good health, educational achievement, self-sufficiency, self esteem and confidence.

Save the Children - Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Save the Children welcomes and encourages highly motivated individuals to apply to become volunteers at all levels of their organization.

Spirituality for Kids (SFK) - Spirituality for Kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides parents and children free online classes to foster spiritual awareness and dialogue. Based on the universal principles of Kabbalah as taught by The Kabbalah Centre (http://www.kabbalah.com), Spirituality for Kids is an entertaining, self-guided program that encourages children to reflect on their actions, to see challenges as opportunities, to develop self-worth, and to activate the desire to make a difference in the world around them.

United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) - UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System. UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. You will find on this site global information about education, HIV/AIDS, poverty, disease and other problems affecting children worldwide. UNICEF depends entirely on voluntary contributions. You can donate, purchase UNICEF cards and gifts, or become a volunteer.