Behind the true meaning of community, volunteering is a cornerstone of building compassionate and strong communities. It serves as a powerful force for positive change, contributing to the well-being of both individuals and society at large.
Volunteering with the One Life Project gives individuals the opportunity to actively engage with the causes they are passionate about, whether it's supporting youth through mental health education and advocacy, advocating for human rights and social justice, researching suicide prevention information, or working behind the scenes. Beyond the tangible impact on the communities we serve, volunteering with us offers volunteers a unique opportunity for personal growth and development. It fosters a sense of purpose, belonging, and interconnectedness, enhancing mental and emotional well-being. By dedicating their time and skills, volunteers become agents of change, embodying the values of empathy and solidarity. Moreover, volunteering with the One Life Project is a great way to meet new people and make friends, travel to new places when we are hosting events, and be part of a loving and inclusive community. Our volunteers and employees are like family, we work together to make a difference.
The One Life Project is home to over 3,500 volunteers across two dozen states throughout the United States. Over 95% of our staff is volunteer and these volunteers work in various departments doing various tasks. No matter what your interests are, we have a spot for you here with us!
Your worth is not determined by the opinions of others. True self-esteem comes from recognizing your unique strengths, embracing your imperfections, and valuing the journey of becoming the best version of yourself.
The One Life Project nonprofit is actively seeking dedicated individuals to join our team of volunteers. If you are passionate about mental health advocacy and education, and you believe in making a positive impact in the lives of others, we invite you to be a part of our mission and community. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to contribute to initiatives that promote mental well-being, raise awareness, and support those navigating mental health challenges. Through education, advocacy, and support, we are able to save the lives of young people.
We are looking for volunteers with diverse skills and backgrounds including in research, advocacy, diversity and inclusion education, event coordination, social media management, content creation, community outreach, marketing, and more. Whether you can offer a few hours a month or have specific expertise to share, your commitment can make a meaningful difference and we'd be lucky to have you.
By volunteering with the One Life Project, you become an essential part of a community dedicated to breaking down stigmas, fostering understanding, and creating a more compassionate society. Join us in building a future where mental health is prioritized, and individuals feel supported, understood, and empowered.
The Volunteer Application Process
Our application process for new volunteer is very quick and simple. Our volunteer application process is designed to be inclusive, streamlined, and easy. Prospective volunteers typically begin by visiting our website (where you are right now) and filling out the volunteer application, which you can find here. The application form, accessible online or in person if needed, gathers basic information about the volunteer's skills, interests, and what they are looking for in a volunteer role. We don't require a resume but we have the option to upload one to better understand your background and experience. Once the application is submitted, a member of our human resources department will review the application and reach out to you to schedule a quick phone call. This call lasts only around 5-10 minutes and is used for us to get to know you, explain some of the roles we offer, and discuss details on the role you applied for. Concluding this call, the manager will forward your application to the correct department and that director will reach out through email to welcome you, give you necessary information, and set you up for success. Depending on the nature of the volunteer role, there might be additional training or background checks to ensure a safe and secure environment for both volunteers and those they serve. This is typically only required for high level management roles. Our application process ensures that volunteers are well-informed, aligned with the organization's mission, and equipped to contribute meaningfully to our initiatives. Ultimately, the goal is to create a positive and engaging experience that fosters a sense of purpose and community for volunteers dedicated to making a difference.
At the One Life Project, the vast majority of our volunteers are not required to put in a certain amount of time in volunteering. A lot of work is done virtually and online, so most volunteers can complete work on their own time schedule. A lot of our team members work together in groups to complete tasks and projects, so our volunteers are able to pick and choose which projects and tasks they'd like to be a part of.
We have managers and directors who only put in 5 hours a month and team members who put in 40 hours a week. We are very grateful for all of our volunteers, regardless of how many hours you're able to contribute. We also have short term and one day volunteer roles such as with community relations and event coordination.
Interested In Writing For Our Blog?
The One Life Project is always looking for passionate individuals to volunteer as blog writers for our blog. If you have a flair for writing, a keen interest in mental health advocacy, and a commitment to breaking down stigmas surrounding mental health, we would love to post some of your writing on our site!
As a blog writer, you will have the chance to contribute meaningful content that inspires, informs, and supports our community. We accept writers who can create educational blogs, share personal experiences, and provide valuable insights into various aspects of mental health, well-being, and self-care.
Whether you're an experienced writer or someone looking to share their personal story, or anything else in between, we'd love to hear from you. We welcome diverse voices and perspectives. This is an excellent opportunity to make a positive impact, contribute to mental health awareness, and be part of a community dedicated to fostering understanding and support, while getting your writing and name out into public view.
Volunteering offers a myriad of benefits that extend beyond the act of giving back to the community. One of the most significant advantages is the sense of fulfillment and purpose derived from contributing to a cause greater than oneself. Engaging in volunteer work provides a unique opportunity for personal growth and skill development, allowing individuals to cultivate new talents, enhance existing abilities, and broaden their perspectives.
Moreover, volunteering fosters a strong sense of community and connection, creating meaningful relationships with like-minded individuals who share a commitment to positive change. From a mental health standpoint, volunteering has been linked to reduced stress levels, increased feelings of happiness, and a sense of belonging. Volunteering and being able to help and support other
gives a feel-good feeling!
Volunteers with the One Life Project have the chance to win numerous awards each year including the Presidential Volunteer Service Award and the Be Kind Volunteer of the Year Award.
Some volunteers are also able to get paid-for travel to some of our events to help out and take a mini vacation. Volunteers are also able to receive a discount code for our merch store. We're very grateful for our volunteers. Some are able to join leadership in our social media content, film Youtube videos with us, or be a guest on our Podcast. We offer several ways to take part in our content creation, which in return helps get you and you social media into the public eye if you choose to.
Overall, volunteering with the One Life Project is a great opportunity for all! We have volunteers from numerous different backgrounds including high school and college students, retired individuals, and people from hundreds of various types of jobs and experience.