Charity Volunteer Work can even be that you are willing to help a present or potential employer recruit volunteers. This is such a great step in the right direction!
Doing Charity Work is like being an intern. You raise your awareness plus you are raising your knowledge while increasing your experience. You might not get green paper in return for your efforts but you gain a lot. You not only gain experience and Knowledge, but having this hands on experience is looked upon like being book smart. It shows that you are out there applying yourself. Charity work can really get you ahead of the others. Showing that you are willing to spend your free time doing something worthwhile says a lot about you and who you are.
From my own personal experience I know that "No Experience Necessary" is invisible ink for 'two years' of hands on experience. So don't ever count it out. Add Charity Volunteer Work to your Resume. Also any list of personal references can include people you dealt with and worked with while Doing Charity Volunteer work.
Some places do state that the person cannot be a Relative for a personal reference. The above suggestions would work for such a place. This will enhance your List.
Although some places do state that you need to have known the person for a minimal amount of time in order to be able to list them. In which case I would list a neighbor or a relative. Long term friends can count as well. Also if you have worked more than one Charity event but it has been with the same organization, list those with whom you interacted with during this time.
Many charities are looking for help in the office, raising money, out in the field, publishing their work and working with local agencies such as government. You can help in all of these areas. Just make sure they know that you also want payment as soon as a position becomes available.
You should never forget how tough it is for any philanthropic organization to get money. Getting money into the charity is tough. Which makes it look even better on your part that you are willing to help.
It's FREE to help. Help you help yourself.