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 Yisbel
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.
Yisbel, 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 Yisbel
Penny recommends the following next steps:
- Food Banks
- Nursing Homes
Another great resource if you have it is your local National Honors Society branch. The mission of NHS is to help link high school students up with volunteer opportunities and its a great opportunity to volunteer with your fellow students. Hope this helps!
Volunteer work is great way to impact a community. It goes deeper than just the person you help. It will impact those in the org. you help and the extension of those you help.
Here is how I see it- volunteer work is an opportunity to do something you love while impacting others in a positive manner. If you are interested in medicine, then I would recommend volunteering in a nursing home. This will help the elderly and give you a taste of what care givers and RNs do. It will give you a learning experience.
It will give you something to put on your resume as well, this is the byproduct of volunteer work.
I have always been told to look for internships/volunteer in a company/career field you want to be in.
Make sure you record your hours and have administration sign off on the hours to have it approved.
Hope this helps,
You may want to look around at your high school for opportunities too. When I was in high school, I was in National Honors Society which was dedicated to volunteering/fundraising and helping the local community. There were other clubs, too, that gave opportunities to students to volunteer. There should be similar opportunities that are in your high school too.
If you are interested in sports, that's a great opportunity to find volunteering jobs. To give you an example, I played hockey growing up, and one of my coaches offered for me to help with a program teaching hockey to kids of all ages. That was incredibly rewarding, and helped jump-start my coaching career, which I am still continuing to this day.
What I want you to take from this is that volunteer opportunities are everywhere, sometimes right in front of you and you may not even know about them. But, if you take some time to search the internet or ask friends/teachers/parents, I guarantee you'll be able to find something you can help with. Plus, you never know how rewarding it will be and where your volunteer job can take you. Good luck!
Zach recommends the following next steps: