Looking for something new to do this summer? Perhaps your free time at the pool or library has you bored. If you’re wondering what you can do with your extra time, try volunteering in your community.
- Help others – Volunteering is a great way to help others in need.
- Learn – Volunteering with an organization is a good way to explore new interests and activities.
- Gain perspective – Find a new outlook on life by helping others.
Whatever your reason for volunteering, you’re sure to gain valuable experiences. You’ll get insights on career options, meet new people and help others. Plus it looks impressive on a college application and résumé.
Who Needs the Help?
Not sure where you’d like to volunteer or where the need is greatest? Try looking at websites like VolunteerMatch at www.impactonline.org. You can punch in your location and a keyword to find matches in the areas you’re interested in. Or consider:
- Homeless shelters provide homeless people with meals, shelter and other services. Volunteering here might entail preparing food, stocking the kitchen or helping with cleanup.
- Animal shelters provide care for animals that don’t yet have a home. You can help out by walking and feeding the animals or cleaning pens.
- Special Olympics is a program geared toward athletic competition for adults and children with mental and physical disabilities. You can volunteer by assisting with coaching, fundraising or helping out on the day of a competition.
- Habitat for Humanity helps provide houses to people struggling in local communities. Volunteers are usually on the front lines of actually building a house, so be prepared to pick up a hammer!
Volunteering your time is a great way to help others while finding out more about yourself. You can take what you’ve learned to college or to your first job, and you may be surprised by the amazing people you meet.
We believe in giving back to the community. We do it, and we encourage you to do it, too.
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