From the American Red Cross to the Dallas Zoo, there are many worthy organizations seeking to make our community a better place. With thousands of volunteer opportunities to choose from, how do you decide where you can make a difference?

“Volunteering. What’s Your Cup of Tea?” is a quarterly orientation program created by the Volunteer Center of Dallas to help you discover your ideal volunteer job. Whether you’re a long-time volunteer looking for new opportunities or someone who’s just thinking about volunteering, you should attend one of these meetings.

The next orientation will be Thursday, Nov. 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak. The center is located just east of Downtown near Baylor University Medical Center. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Representatives from 10 nonprofit agencies attend each orientation to share information about their programs. In November, Big Brothers and Sisters of Dallas, Genesis Women’s Shelter, and the SPCA of Texas are some of the agencies that will be available to answer questions.

In addition, you can browse the Volunteer Center’s database of more than 7,000 volunteer opportunities. You can enter preferred locations, time availability and skills in the computer to narrow down your search. Or, talk one-on-one with a Volunteer Center staff member about your interests.

The orientation program will include information about what to expect as a volunteer, how to select a project and why you should become a volunteer. You’ll also receive a short, guided tour of the Volunteer Center’s site on the World Wide Web.

For information about the orientation, call the Volunteer Center at 826-6767, ext. 330.