If you live in the Charlotte area and you aren't sure how you want to plug into Charlotte's volunteer opportunities, check out HandsOn Charlotte. They are kind of a clearinghouse where you can register once and get involved in what's going on in town. You only have to register one time (which costs $20) and that gets you into their system, gets your background check done (saving valuable time later on with certain services), and gives you access to the full spectrum of volunteer opportunities. If you think you want a variety of work to do, this is a great way to gain access to a bunch of different services. What's also cool about this site is that they can help determine age-appropriate services for families as well as individuals. AND, if you are new to the area, they also plan special events where you can get to know people who are also interested in serving.