Scout Out Volunteer Opportunities With Apps

Volunteer work, encouraged for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service tomorrow, is easy to find and sign up for using smartphone applications.

Sign in to HelpBridge, by Microsoft Corp. for Android, Apple and Windows Phone, using a Facebook or Microsoft account.

The Volunteer page on HelpBridge shows opportunities either locally or nationwide. When you make a selection, the app sends your contact information to that group.

In addition, you can use HelpBridge to donate money to any of about two dozen worthy causes, either by text or by using the payment service PayPal.

On Catalista: Volunteer Locally, by Catalista LLC from Apple’s App Store, you choose when and where you can give volunteer time, and then pick things you care about and see the resulting opportunities on a list or map.

When you click to sign up for your choice, the app transfers you to the volunteer group’s website.