* the american child photographers charity guild
* Think Pink Photography! Think Pink Photography was founded in October 2007 to support individuals and their families who have been touched by breast cancer. We are a charitable organization that serves two main purposes - celebrating life and supporting the cause. Check us out and spread the word - awareness is everything and we need your support!
* Special Olympics - Contact your local organization, once they've done a background check, shoot their events at no charge.
* Operation Love, Reunited, this one is surely American 100% http://www.oplove.org/
* Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep
I do fairly regular photo classes for a local non-profit. For those with a random P&S I'll show them how to use it, what the different features and such are. For those with a DSLR we'll cover better technique, and for those that actually know what they are doing its a nice hike. I'll take up to 10 people and its $50 per person for a 1 day (5 hrs) thing. I get my expenses covered ($20 ish) and the rest of the money goes to the non profit.
I'm a member of a local group of photographers who volunteers every year to shoot for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation's "Race For The Cure".
I volunteer for a non for profit therapeutic riding stable that helps disabled children and also disabled veterans. I usually drive out there a couple of times a year to do photographs for brochures and other advertising pieces they need.
Find an organization that you believe in thats located in your community and volunteer your photo services.
What about Big Brothers Big Sisters, a foster care home or something similar? There are many children out there who never get their picture taken and would like to be able to play "model" for a little while.
I have done work for adoption agencies helping with photographs of older kids wanting homes... may be worth a call to your local social services group.
Recently I have also been doing work at a local retirement center taking images of their residents that they can send to their families that are distant.
For the animal lover check with local humane societies they are always needing photos of their adoptable animals as well as for events and sometimes cruelty cases.
For the wildlife amateurs & lovers, check with your local zoo. I've found that these often run as non-profit organizations & their marketing department could use some ad shots. It's great to use to get your name & work out there for a portfolio!
I have done some volunteer stuff for a musicians benevolent fund and some benefit concerts.
Something I'm planning to do in 2008 is to do a photo trip for an NGO I know in Belgium. Basically, they help children from the streets to learn a job through a sponsored education program, conducted by local instructors and professionals. It also includes micro financing projects that these people would have after their training, or helping them to find a job afterwards.
The most I've done is for our local PBS station and the metropolitan parks district. The PBS station depends upon viewer donations, grants and work donated by a volunteer base.
I donate images to a non profit nature site for there species profiles, which is used in many schools for biology lessons.
* The Down Syndrome Society,which every year has what they call a "Buddy Walk". These walks take place all over the U.S. & abroad http://www.buddywalk.org/ I bet these folks would be delighted to have any of your skills & support.
I shoot a lot of youth sports, and my absolute hands-down favorite part of shooting the league is the Challengers division. This is a group of kids with special needs of all types, organized by some very good people with giant hearts. These kids, who are often left out of sports, are smiling from ear to ear. It's an amazing this to be part of.
Might be donating my Photoshop skills to the Richard Dawkins Foundation
i haven't really seen it mentioned yet, but about volunteering to photograph children as part of the ID kit, where they take fingerprints, etc. i've seen a mention of this in a photo mag but haven't contacted anyone yet, cuz i don't have much of a profile and this may be a requirement.
I volunteer every year at an assisted living center for senior citizens. Valentine's Day and around Thanksgiving. Valentines Day is a hoot with all the seniors trying to get a kiss for their picture. Thanksgiving I tell them to get together all the family.
* Another great volunteer organization is The Littlest Heroes Project. http://www.littlestheroesproject.org...ject/Home.html
* A sensational program - it uses sport as a way to give some of the most marginalised people in society a way to gain some self respect and self esteem and to rebuild their shattered lives. More information on it can be found at http://www3.homelessworldcup.org/
If there is anyone in the Dallas, Texas area that would like to volunteer it is always needed at our non-profit. I take all the photos here but I am not very good, I just get lucky alot. Here is our website and my email for anyone interested. http://www.dallasmetro.net
A few months back, I volunteered at a Extreme Makeover Home Edition build (the show on ABC for those who don't know), and the builder in charge of the show had volunteer professional photographers taking 'behind the scene' photos during the build. In talking with the photographers both nights I worked there, they were there on their own time using their own equipment, and they were having the time of their lives! The 2 I met taught me a lot about taking photos in low light situations (we were working the graveyard shift after all).