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Why should I get lots of volunteer hours throughout high school?

Everyone mentions getting amounts of volunteer hours and that they have like 30 already but I just don’t understand what I really need them for. It isn’t a graduation requirement so I’m confused.

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Paul’s Answer

I think in the long term it is going to help you.

Any volunteer work that you do will be something that future employers will be looking at in regards to your employment opportunities.

"Service to others" is an important element to them, and doing this type of volunteer work proves to them that you are willing to take it upon yourself to get the experience you will need to be successful in their organization.

So, definitely keep up the great volunteer work. It is a good investment in your future.

"A life not lived for others, is not a life." - Mother Teresa
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Jessica’s Answer

Volunteering is a great way to grow your network both personally and professionally. You never know who you will meet or how they might impact your life in the future. You could make new friends, or contacts for the future. Those you volunteer for can also be great future references and speak to your skills and work ethic.
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Laurie’s Answer

In addition to the great advice from the other posts, volunteering is great to have on your resume as a young person just getting started, especially because you may not have a lot of work experience. Volunteering speaks volumes, telling a potential employer that you care about others, know how to work as part of a team, and are dedicated to giving back to your community. Many businesses focus on community outreach as part of their mission, and having volunteering experience shows that you are a good fit for that organization.
Volunteering is a great thing to do just for the sake of giving back and helping others, and it can also have other benefits for you. Give it a try!
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Amalya’s Answer

Volunteering is the art of donating your time, effort and strengths to improve your community or make a social change. Volunteer work is unpaid: Many people do it just for the sake of bettering the lives of others.
In addition to the above-mentioned, volunteering is also a great opportunity to get work experience in the field you want. It expresses your social engagement and dedication to societal improvement as well. So you serve your community, and you are someone who can positively contribute for social change.
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Cindy’s Answer

My children devoted a significant amount of time to volunteer work during their high school years, and continued this practice through college by participating in service projects. The college recruiters they interacted with emphasized that their dedication to volunteering played a substantial role in the scholarships they received. They chose to volunteer at a hospital during their high school years, which served as an introduction to the field of nursing. This experience was akin to an internship, providing them with a valuable opportunity to explore their interest in nursing before committing to it as a career path.
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Jerome’s Answer

You will learn a lot through giving back. Getting hands on experience and starting to network/build connections can be helpful. Volunteering can also help your college application and/or show potential employers that you’ve given back to your community. I do a lot of volunteering and I think it can help you be a better person.
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