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Rub elbows. Do good

If you’re looking to add a little excitement and intrigue to your volunteer endeavors, consider some opportunities that allow you to get closer to celebrity. Several volunteer gigs can get you in the door. Here are a just a few.

Hit the links and rub elbows with the pros.
Each year, the Monterey Peninsula Foundation hosts two charity golf events in Central California: The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am on the PGA TOUR and The PURE Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach, a PGA TOUR Champions event. The events raise over $10 million per year to benefit local, not-for-profit organizations.
Become one of over 2,000 volunteers helping to make these events a success, and enjoy an opportunity to get up close with some of golfing’s best. If baseball is more your thing, reach out to your favorite team before Spring Training gets under way. Groups like the Peoria Diamond Club offer volunteer opportunities that support local charities, and they’re always looking for volunteers.

See how the Red Cross relies on the Red Carpet.
Celebrities and entertainment organizations often partner with the Red Cross to make a difference in their local communities. If you follow your favorite celebrities on social media, you may already know about their philanthropic activities, but you can learn about recent and ongoing campaigns here, or sign up to become a volunteer and discover all of the opportunities in your area.

Follow the stars who live to give back.

Looktothestars.org has staked its claim as “the web's number one source of celebrity charity news and information.” You can get the inside scoop on celebrity philanthropy here, and search some of the charities with which they’re involved. One such organization, dosomething.org, has inspired 2.5 million people to work on campaigns ranging from combatting poverty, to protecting the environment and ending domestic violence. More than 80 celebrities are listed, along with a description of how they’re getting involved and how you might be able to help. You can also reach out to Make-a-Wish America, who for nearly 40 years has been granting the wishes of children battling critical illnesses. There are many different capacities in which to serve.

Have fun when you keep it local.

Many local celebrities, including television anchors, radio hosts and elected officials, are actively involved in giving back to their communities. Find a cause that inspires you, and contact their organization to learn how to get involved. You can find your elected officials and their contact information here.

Become a volunteer rock-star yourself by seeking out your true calling. Search for volunteer opportunities of all kinds right here.

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5 quick ideas for the 10-minute volunteer

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You can make a difference in the the lives of others, even if you only have a few minutes to spare.