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What can I do for volunteer hours?

i go to #volunteer high school

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John’s Answer

Thank You for wanting to Volunteer Daniela,

Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you. Volunteers generously give their time and dedication just to make nonprofit and charity organization events or programs run smoothly.

Appreciating this selfless effort from time to time helps to remind these individuals of their importance to the greater good. I wanted to let you know that you are doing an outstanding job and extremely glad what you are doing to help others. Thank you so much Daniela

VOLUNTEER MATCH • https://www.volunteermatch.org/
Allows users to search by zip code for volunteer opportunities throughout the United States. You can tailor your search by interest, such as crisis support, education, homelessness, hunger or international, or to find specific organizations such as Big Brother/Big Sister. The opportunities are marked with special icons if kids, teens, seniors or groups are especially welcome to volunteer. Users can subscribe to a monthly e-newsletter or read news stories about volunteering. There is a special section for "virtual volunteering" opportunities.

POINTS OF LIGHT FOUNDATION • https://www.pointsoflight.org/get-involved/
You can search by state to find "volunteer centers" within each state that offer volunteering opportunities. A special section, "Family Matters," highlights volunteering as a family, with suggestions on how to participate in "National Family Volunteer Day."

ALL FOR GOOD • https://www.allforgood.org/
The largest database of volunteer opportunities online, All for Good is the ultimate platform for finding ways to make a difference. Each month, the site hosts 150,000 local volunteer listings in major cities. They support the health and well-being of our communities through social isolation, recognizing the desire to help others by giving back remains strong. In addition, the needs of our neighbors and communities grow in times of crisis. They are committed to helping meet those needs while taking the appropriate precautions to keep people safe.

iVOLUNTREER • https://ivolunteer.org/
Allows you to pinpoint exactly the volunteer opportunity you want. The database allows you to search by zip code, city, state, or country. with a simple mission: to find projects that are easy, fun and most importantly, give back. Be part of the good thing that happens when one person says 'iVolunteer...do you?'"

TEEN LIFE • https://www.teenlife.com/category/volunteer/
Dedicated to building the "character and competence of our nation's youth" They have thousands of nonprofit organizations in all 50 states that accept teens under 18 who are interested in everything from working with animals to volunteering at homeless shelters. Just begin your search by ZIP code and filter "community service" to find community service opportunities for teens near you.

Daniela, If you choose a project that suits you, volunteering can be a rewarding experience. Not only will you finish your required hours, you will also get the sense of accomplishment that comes from knowing you've made a real difference in the world.

Hope this was Helpful Daniela

John recommends the following next steps:

https://www.casacentex.org/
https://www.idealist.org/en/
https://leadasap.ysa.org/
https://www.volunteer.gov/
https://www.redcross.org/
Thank you comment icon Thank You Melisa. “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” – Denzel Washington John Frick
Thank you comment icon Thank You Wes. “The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good. ” – Ivan Scheier John Frick
Thank you comment icon Thank You Jennifer. “Our generation has the ability and the responsibility to make our ever-more connected world a more hopeful, stable and peaceful place.” — Natalie Portman John Frick
Thank you comment icon Thank You Ling. Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller John Frick
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Jason’s Answer

I am glad to hear that you are interested in volunteer activities during your high school period.

Since technology is more advanced nowadays, volunteering is easier and you may just get resources and even participate online. Also, it can be both indoor and outdoor activities and here are some examples of my personal experiences about international volunteer organisations.

-Outdoor volunteer:
1) http://www.harlemgrown.org
(IN THE HEART OF HARLEM, PLANTING FRUITS & VEGETABLES AND GROWING HEALTHY CHILDREN & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES)
The organiser aim to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition

2) https://www.streetproject.org/volunteer-with-us/
To help the local community, you may refer the STREET PROJECT web (Park Revitalisation is one of the recommended activity), which aims to protect the environment by revitalising and beautifying the park around our community. On the other hand, you could make more friends by joining such events.

-Indoor volunteer:
1)https://www.missingmaps.org
Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally 'missing' from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts. Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying to meet the needs of vulnerable people.

2)https://www.bemyeyes.com
Be My Eyes is a free app that connects blind and low-vision people with sighted volunteers and company representatives for visual assistance through a live video call.

I strongly support your volunteering spirit and please discuss or suggest more with everyone around you. Even though your school may not have any events for you to join now, but volunteering opportunity is everywhere. Most schools and companies will be very open and delightful to start their volunteer projects.

Hopefully you will motivate or inspire your friends and people around you in the future and please fully enjoy the meaningful volunteer work!
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Rachel’s Answer

Daniela,

Volunteering is a bit different these days due to COVID, so here are some other online volunteer opportunities:
Happy Hope Foundation- read books for children in the hospital
Learning Ally- read or edit audiobooks
Operation Gratitude- write letters to first responders and healthcare workers
Project Gutenburg- transcribe old tests
Zooniverse- research assistance

Other in-person opportunities include food banks and Habitat for Humanity.

I hope at least one of these help!
-Rachel
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Belle Estee’s Answer

Hi Daniela!

I know the world is very different right now, so I'd imagine there would be flexibility with the volunteer requirement set by your school. I would first reach out to your academic advisor or office that is recording your service hours and see what their guidance is on meeting your service requirement.

Some suggestions for volunteering could be to organize a food drive to support the numerous food crisis, especially given the COVID-19 impact. This can be done in a safe, socially distant manner by organizing a drop off box that is closely monitored, then sanitizing donations once received. Another idea is to organize a virtual walk/run to raise awareness for a cause! This can be done via a Facebook event, Eventbrite, or other event organization website. If a virtual walk/run already exists for a cause, you can help coordinate a team to raise funds or awareness to that cause.

I hope these suggestions help!
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Gloria’s Answer

You have a lot of great resources here. I would add that I would recommend that you do something that you want to do. Volunteering should not just be about getting hours in, but also something that you can learn from or share the gifts that you have. Be flexible, willing to try more than one place until you find a place that suits you. Also volunteering can be easier in the beginning if you start doing it with a friend.
Thank you comment icon Great suggestion here made by Gloria and many others. When the volunteer work you are doing is something you are passionate about doing, it can become even more meaningful for the recipient of your time and generosity. Also, check out helpful resources, like http://greatnonprofits.org that can give you better insight into organizations you have interest in supporting. You can also hear about others experience volunteering for organizations here. Best wishes for success in your goals and desire to volunteer. Melisa Cameron
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Lesley’s Answer

Hi Daniela - It's wonderful you are looking for ways to help others. You have a lot of great advice already but here are a couple more ideas.

I see you are in New York City and would like to suggest checking out New York Cares, a nonprofit with the mission to match New Yorkers with volunteer opportunities. Visit https://www.newyorkcares.org/ways-to-volunteer. If you are 18 or older, you can sign up for projects on your own after completing their online orientation. If you are under 18, check out their list of "family friendly" volunteer activities.

It can be a challenge to do in-person volunteering right now due to the coronavirus, so try doing a search for online virtual volunteer opportunities. You can make cards from home for hospitalized childrens or homebound seniors via Cardz for Kidz - https://cardzforkidz.org/. There are also a lot of great options at https://www.pointsoflight.org/virtual-volunteering-opportunities/.

Let us know what you do!

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Evan’s Answer

I love that you want to volunteer and give your time back! That's great and much needed. I found that volunteering is very vague, and doesn't have to be one certain thing. I've volunteered time at food pantries, camps, coaching, and many other things. Today, there are a lot of people out of work, and food banks and helping those in need is something I would encourage (health permitting). If you need to volunteer virtually, platforms like this are very helpful in providing a positive impact on others - there are ways to write letters to vets, letters to those who are battling cancer, and even mentoring via video calling. Good luck!!
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Estelle’s Answer

You should consider volunteering via an online forum. This is a way to spread information about which you are knowledgeable and help others on a larger scale.
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Jemima A.’s Answer

I agree with Riley and John.. You can volunteer to do anything, so long it is a means of making positive impact.
Careervillage.org is a nice platform too
You could search and apply to any NGO or NPO to volunteer but be sure you understand the role you will play.

Good luck!
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Evan’s Answer

I love that you want to volunteer and give your time back! That's great and much needed. I found that volunteering is very vague, and doesn't have to be one certain thing. I've volunteered time at food pantries, camps, coaching, and many other things. Today, there are a lot of people out of work, and food banks and helping those in need is something I would encourage (health permitting). If you need to volunteer virtually, platforms like this are very helpful in providing a positive impact on others - there are ways to write letters to vets, letters to those who are battling cancer, and even mentoring via video calling. Good luck!!
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Marisa’s Answer

Consider what is important to you (family, education, animals, etc.) and then look in your area for opportunities. For example, I'm big on animal welfare so I found a local 401c organization local to me to work with animals. You want to be fulfilled while earning your hours. Best of luck.
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Riley’s Answer

If you are looking for a way to finish your community service hours required to graduate, this website could actually be used. When an adult signs up as a professional and answers students' questions here, they can be used to satisfy community service hours. I'm not sure what type of expertise or job experience you have that would qualify you to answer questions for people, but if you have any sort of qualification you could try to give people educated advice on that topic.
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Chethna’s Answer

What are you passionate about and what would you like to study? There are lot of places you can volunteer. Like hospitals, Law office, humanitarian. I wanted to go to medical school so volunteered at hospitals.
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