Cover letter for a volunteer opportunity (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a volunteer opportunity.”

Examples of cover letters for a volunteer opportunity

To get a volunteer opportunity, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a cover letter for a volunteer opportunity, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Cover letter for a volunteer opportunity”

“Mr. Kurt Pipkin


Rainbow Academy

1515 Fredericks Street

Chicago, IL 60608

Dear Mr. Pipkin,

I am excited about the volunteer opening at Rainbow Academy. I’ve been volunteering as a teacher’s aide for over 6 years with great enjoyment. Rainbow Academy is a place where I could continue the volunteering that I love as well as expand creatively with your renown outdoor learning program.

A lot of people overlook the importance of the role of the teacher’s aide as just a watered down list of teacher’s duties. I see it more as a role that can enrich the lives of young students and therefore influence their lives positively. I carry that same passion and philosophy in my professional life as a full time ESL teacher for children. Interactive classroom set ups as well as engaging extracurricular activities led me to receiving the “most innovative teacher of the year” award in Illinois in 2018. One of my biggest drivers when approaching teaching is using the environment around us to teach children in a safe yet interactive environment. This way they not only learn information, but also how to interact with the world around them.

When one of my colleagues, Pauline Shanchez, mentioned this volunteering opportunity, I jumped at the chance. Rainbow Academy is a leading preschool centered around creating safe spaces for children to learn and grow and using the outdoors as a medium for that growth. I’m positive that I would be a natural fit in the Rainbow Academy team due to my own passion for innovative teaching and my own inquisitive nature.

Could we schedule a call next week to discuss how I could assist teachers using my experience in interactive classroom set ups?


Ellis Wight


Sample 2: “Cover letter for a volunteer opportunity”

“May 23, 2020

Deborah Franklin


Happy Summer Day Camps

334 Forrest Hills Drive

Pine Beach, South Carolina 83365

Dear Ms. Franklin,

I am interested in interviewing for a volunteer position with Happy Summers Day Camps. I have extensive experience working with children and I am particularly excited by the possibility of serving as a volunteer counselor.

I have volunteered as a teacher’s assistant at Northridge Elementary School in Florida and I enjoyed helping the students complete in-class activities. As a teacher’s aide, I was responsible for setting up classroom projects, provided one-on-one tutoring sessions to the children and accompanied the class during field trips. My favorite part of the job was taking my turn as the recess monitor since I loved being outdoors and playing sports with the kids.

Last winter, I worked at a local recreation center as a lifeguard. I became CPR certified and was trained in first aid techniques. I also assisted in providing swimming lessons for children aged 3-13.

If you are searching for volunteer counselors for one of Happy Summers’ many camps, I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to fill the position. I believe my experience and skills would make me a valuable asset to your team. I also hope that by serving as a volunteer I could gain additional experience as an early childhood educator, which is the field I plan to study when I enroll in college next year.

My summer schedule is very flexible and I am available to volunteer in the evenings, over the weekends and during the day. I hope to hear back from you very soon. Please feel free to reach out to me via email or cell phone. I am more than happy to conduct a phone or video call interview at your convenience.

Thank you for your consideration! I look forward to hearing from you,


Sample 3: “Cover letter for a volunteer opportunity”

“Dear Mr. Sonnenheim,

| am writing as an aspiring soccer coach to see whether there is an opportunity to volunteer at the Boston Cubs? Having played soccer since I was 13, I had to curtail my playing career last year due to injury and would love to give back to the game during my sports science degree.

I have no formal coaching experience; but would be keen to take on my first coaching qualifications alongside the volunteer work. A friend of mine helped out last year and he said that you are open to such arrangements. I have worked with the 11-16 age group previously at summer camps and I enjoy helping kids make the most of their potential and love watching them challenge themselves.

I have a solid understanding of the tactics of soccer, but realize that much of the initial work will be organizational and logistical. I am a qualified minivan driver and was a treasurer for my college theater group, so hopefully I have other skills that may come in useful for the club. Due to my previous work with schoolchildren, I have all recent background checks and can share 35+ positive references from parents and participants.

I live ten minutes walk away from your training ground and have watched the kids play every now and again on my weekend strolls. They all seem to have so much fun and I would love to be a part of that journey for them.

I would relish the opportunity to come along and discuss what else I might be able to contribute to the Cubs.


Bridgette Cole”

Sample 4: “Cover letter for a volunteer opportunity”

“Dear Jessica Blythe,

A friend of mine told me about your volunteer opportunity, as she worked for you last year. As I approach my senior year in nursing, I need to participate in a volunteer opportunity, and Sutter Nursing Home is exactly what I’m looking for. 

Throughout my studies, I have cared for my elderly grandmother. In fact, my concern for her well-being is what first attracted me to the nursing field. As a result, I’ve worked hard to learn as much as I can, both in an academic setting and through my experiences off campus. I am on the academic track to receiving my B.S. with honors, and I have demonstrated proven leadership skills. In school assignments, I often volunteer to do the jobs that others would prefer not to do, because I know every duty has a purpose and a place in serving the patient. Instead of shying away from difficult tasks, such as helping a patient with a bedpan, I compassionately and respectfully assist the patient. My can-do attitude has helped place me in the top 5 percent of my class, and I have received recognition from my professors. 

I see volunteer opportunities not as assignments to check off, but rather as chances to learn and grow. I would be honored to continue my journey as a volunteer for Sutter. If you feel I would be a good fit, I would love to speak with you further and answer any questions you may have. Thank you for taking the time to consider my application.


John Doe”

Sample 5: “Cover letter for a volunteer opportunity”

“John Lee

Volunteer Manager

St. John Senior Center

123 Business Rd.

Business City, NY 54321 

Dear Mr. Lee,

I am interested in opportunities that may be available to volunteer at the St. John Senior Center. As a long-time advocate of the needs and welfare of the elderly in our community, I have experience working with senior citizens and would be thrilled to continue to do so in a volunteer capacity.

I volunteered as an aide at the Champlain Center and enjoyed being able to help senior citizens with arts and crafts. In this position, I assisted program participants with recreational projects, contributed to program planning and strategy sessions, and accompanied group field trips to local musical events and museums. I also participated in fundraising and community outreach initiatives.

If the St. John Center needs a dedicated volunteer, I would be thrilled to have the opportunity to assist you. My schedule is flexible, and I would be available to volunteer at your convenience.

Eager to learn more about your mission, successes, and challenges in serving our senior citizens, I would be grateful for the opportunity to interview with you at a mutually convenient time. I look forward to speaking with you.

Thank you for your consideration. 


Barry Applicant (signature hard copy letter)

Barry Applicant”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of cover letters for a volunteer opportunity

How do I write a cover letter for a volunteer job?

How to write a volunteer cover letter:

  • Introduce yourself. 
  • Share details about your qualifications and accomplishments. 
  • Include skills. 
  • Describe your goals. 
  • End the letter.

How do I write an application letter with no experience?

What to include in a cover letter

  • personal details.
  • what attracts you to the role.
  • your career goals.
  • your achievements, certifications, qualifications, or licenses.
  • your education history.

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