The Busy Woman's Guide to Volunteering
How to reach out and make a difference in your community—even when you're short on time.
Woman mentoring young girl
To Benefit Children and Teens
If you have an hour or two: Volunteer at one of the Salvation Army's holiday "toy stores," where the organization houses gifts for children. As a store attendant, you'll help children and parents choose free presents.

If you have one day a month: Reach out to a troubled teen mother. Project Cuddle helps young mothers and rescues abandoned babies. You might take a girl to appointments with her doctor or assist at her baby's birth. Call 888-628-3353 or visit

If you have one day a week: Be a mentor. The National Mentoring Partnership will help match you with a child in your area, and once a week you'll spend the day doing just about anything together–from going to a movie to helping with homework. Call 703-224-2200 or visit