Is there a cause that is close to your heart? Would you like to help an organisation you believe in achieve its aim? But looking at volunteering through a wider lens, it can help you see how beneficial volunteering can be to your family, your community and even yourself. Volunteering can make an invaluable difference to an organisation – all it takes is the right match for you to reap the benefits and rewards of volunteering. The gift of giving makes your home and community a better place to live in. To help inspire you and get you started, we have compiled some of the most popular causes among volunteers on I-VOL below. Find a cause you are passionate about and take a look at our ever-expanding database for an opportunity near you.



Children and young people happen to be our most popular volunteering cause on I-VOL. If you are passionate about helping children and young people, there is an array of opportunities available from assisting in crèches, teaching or training at youth clubs and individual support for children facing any difficulties. Find a volunteering role supporting children and young people near you on I-VOL.



If you’re an animal lover, volunteering can be an amazing way of connecting with likeminded people, helping animals in need and making a difference. There are lots of ways to help out, from hands on volunteering roles,at a dog shelter, to an office role at a national animal centre and rescuing injured animals. Find a volunteering role near you on I-VOL.


Arts & Culture

Are you an arts aficionado or crazy about all things cultural? There are lots of amazing ways to volunteer and support the arts. If you share a love or interest in music, design, history and performance then we mau just have the volunteering role for you. See what volunteering roles are available near you.


Community Development

Volunteering is an incredible way of connecting with your community and bringing people together. If you are interested in helping to make a difference in your community – why not browse through available roles on I-VOL (link) and see how you can get started.



Hospitals and residential care centres are often in need of volunteers, From visiting and befriending patients, assisting with social outings or working in the café or library services, there are lots of ways you can volunteer and help your local hospital – find a volunteering role near you on I-VOL where you can make a real difference in this environment.


Mental Health

Are you passionate about  promoting positive mental health and supporting those with a mental illness? There are some incredible organisations In Ireland working to  promote positive mental health and actively support persons with a mental illness by identifying their needs and advocating their rights. Volunteers can support their work through a variety of volunteering roles – e.g. counselling, fundraising, advocacy , promotion and office work. Find a volunteering role near you on I-VOL.


Education isn’t just limited to the school classroom, everyone has a skill they can share and there are volunteering opportunities available in many diverse disciplines from a speech and language therapist, a computer tutor to after school administrators and much more. Find a volunteering role in Education/Literacy near you on I-VOL.



Now more than ever before, homelessness is a critical issue in Ireland. If you are passionate about helping to end homelessness, volunteer with an organisation to work with people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes. Find a volunteering role near you on I-VOL.