Updated: Jul 3
If you are a new immigrant and planning to work here in America. It will take a few months to find a job that you want. In between job applications and interviews, you can volunteer your time to any non-profit organizations to at least give you an idea on how the work setting is here in America. Volunteering will also help you in job hunting because it might open doors to you. Some organizations will even agree to be used as a reference for companies that you are applying for. But you will have to volunteer a significant amount of time in the organization. Most require 50 hours of volunteer activities before they can give you a letter of reference. Plus you can add your volunteer experience in your resume.
Where Can I Volunteer?
Check your area for any non-profit organizations that requires volunteers:
Museums or History Centers
Habitat for Humanity
You can also sign up on Volunteer Match to find organizations who are looking for volunteers in your area.
What Do I Need to Become a Volunteer?
You only need a valid ID to volunteer. Most of these non-profit organizations require background check before you can start. Sometimes, they will ask you if you have a reliable mode of transportation to go to their office, especially in areas that does not have reliable public transportation.