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How do I complete volunteer hours?

I am a junior now in highschool. I am 16 years old. #volunteer #highschool #high-school-classes


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John’s Answer

Thank You for wanting to Volunteer Yisbel,

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

Thank You Dexter for your Continued Support. Alone we cannot change the world, but together we can cast the stones across the water to create the ripples. John Frick

Hi John. These are all great resources and websites you've shared here for volunteering. I'll also add one more to consider This site reminds me of a "Yelp" for non-profits. Volunteers, board members, etc. can post more about their experiences working with non-profits, share photos and stories too. Great Non-Profits - https://greatnonprofits.org/ Melisa Cameron

Thank You Melisa. Alone, we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller John Frick

Thank You Jamie. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” — Audrey Hepburn John Frick

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Penny’s Answer

I would suggest first thinking about what you enjoy doing - work with children, adults, seniors, animals, etc. Then I would look for something in that area. If you like working with children, most cities have activities for children that need volunteers, like arts and crafts, sports, etc. If you go online and search for volunteer opportunities in your area, you will find a list of opportunities that are available near you. Good luck! You might decide on a career based on what you volunteer to do.

Penny recommends the following next steps:

Search online for volunteer opportunities in your area
Choose the area you want to work in
When you find an opportunity, treat it like a full time paying job.
Update your resume to show your volunteer work. This is critical when you don't have any work experience.

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mansi’s Answer

You can go to your local church and ask them. There are many opportunity for volunteers in church.
For online volunteer, I suggests you can try missing map. I am doing to too.
Here is the website https://tasks.hotosm.org/

Hope you find what you need.

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Shay’s Answer

You can pretty much get volunteer hours from doing anything. For more formal opportunities you could look at hospitals, food banks, homeless shelters, or charities. A lot of opportunities are one time only, but if you do them frequently you can accumulate hours. If you look up volunteer opportunities in your area, you can find several. The website volunteermatch.org is a great source, and it also has virtual volunteer opportunities in these times of COVID-19. If you simply need someone to sign off for hours, you could offer to help with an event for free and mutually agree to count it as volunteering. It's still a form of helping the community. For example, my brother helped his former football coach by setting up drills, being a practice dummy, and assisting in coaching up the kids. This is just one of many ways you could get hours and help out in the community.

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Hamad’s Answer

Hi Yisbel,

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.


Best,
Hamad

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Angel’s Answer

Hello,

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,

Angel

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Theodore’s Answer

Look around your local community for places you can volunteer. Some common opportunities include:
- 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!

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Simeon’s Answer

Talk to your school counselors and teachers about service organizations. Many teachers sponsor volunteer groups and will be able to give you a good idea about if the group is a good fit for you. If you're not sure which group to join, a safe bet is to join a service organization and help them with the service projects that they organize.

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Kevin’s Answer

Look for local opportunities, both within your school and within your town. Try and get friends to go with you! It will make it that much more fun! Make sure you get a contact name for the place you are volunteering so that you can use them on College applications.

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Zach’s Answer

Hi Yisbel, volunteering is definitely a great thing to get involved in! As someone who has volunteered in many different organizations, I would advise you to start with something that interests you, then research companies/organizations associated with it. Do some more research into the organizations, and maybe even contact them about volunteer opportunities. Odds are, you'll find a group of people more than happy to accept your help.

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:

Think of what you like to do
Ask around or search the internet for organizations related to your interests
Contact organizations to see if you can help

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Tea Allen’s Answer

I would start by looking for volunteering options around your neighborhood or even school. If you are religious, you can even volunteer at your place of worship. Camps also have opportunities as well. There may also be different food banks or homeless shelters that may be in need of volunteers as well. You can also search "volunteering near me" and there may be a center or organization that help find volunteering activities.

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Gina’s Answer

I would start looking at local churches, pet shelters and food banks. Especially during COVID, these are places that seem to still be allowing volunteer work. Also, there are great resources online for virtual volunteering if your area is limed right now.

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