5 Ways Teen Volunteers Can Engage in Community Service

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Volunteer work is more than just something your parent or school counselor says you should do so it looks good on your high school resume.

Community service is an important part of developing civic responsibility and leadership in young people. It can lead to exciting discoveries, new friendships, and even a fulfilling career path!

Most importantly, volunteering in the community develops a healthy habit of doing good deeds. Whether it’s something big, like volunteering at a hospital, or something small, like keeping a hiking trail free of garbage, every act of service counts.

Remember that your goal in participating in community service is to better the lives of others is important for making wise decisions.

If you’re thinking about getting engaged in volunteer work but aren’t sure where to start, we’ve come up with some suggestions.

Senior Homes, Nursing Facilities, and Hospitals

Volunteers are an essential part of healthcare institutions like hospitals and nursing homes, where they can assist patients by bringing them meals, delivering gifts, escorting visitors, or simply spending time with the residents.

It only takes a few hours of your day and is a simple way to improve someone else’s day. Get in touch with a nearby healthcare facility, such as a hospital or nursing home to learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area.

Clean Up a Local Park or Hiking Trail

Spend a few hours improving your community by visiting a nearby park, beach, or trail. Next time you go on a hike or have a picnic at the park, gather your friends and family and clean up the area. Take compostable garbage bags with you to responsibly dispose of everything.

You can also make an immediate difference by attending activities held by local environmental groups, or you can start small by organizing something in your own community.

Animal Rescue Organizations

The benefits of volunteering extend beyond helping other people. Volunteers are essential to the smooth operation of animal shelters in terms of day-to-day operations and special events and activities.

Volunteers can prepare meals, groom and walk the animals, and clean their habitats.

Teens with a soft spot for animals find these opportunities very fulfilling.

Keep in mind that some shelters require a minimum age for volunteers – if you are younger than the age limit, you will need your parents’ permission.

Help a Child in Need

Donating clothes, toys, school supplies, and games is a great first step, but once you’ve done that, you can volunteer to help local charities and orphanage funding organizations distribute the items. Shelters, foster care agencies, libraries, orphanage websites, and places of worship are all terrific places to start looking for opportunities to lend a hand or donate items.

Support Our Charity as a Volunteer

Volunteers at the Orphan Life Foundation can choose from a wide variety of community service opportunities. Simply tell us about your skills and interest, and we’ll connect you to a program.

Or you can join us in donating to orphans in India, the Philippines, and various parts of Africa.

Get in touch with us today to find out more about our organization’s goals and how you can help.