Volunteering can be fun and beneficial for you and others! Not only is Volunteering beneficial to the people you are helping but it’s also good for yourself. It is good for college, meeting people in the community, and learning valuable skills.
Colleges look for well rounded applicants, who not only do good for themselves with their grades but good for others. Volunteering shows this attribute because you are giving up your time to help someone else. Remember, if you ever volunteer ask the manager to sign a slip or write a letter saying the amount of hours you worked this will give you proof and records of what organizations you’ve helped out. Documenting your hours is important if you want to apply this time for your high school key club or add it to your college applications.
Also in some cases if you volunteer a lot for the same cause they can be a reference or a recommendation for a job or college. Usually its hard to get a job when you’re young because of lack of experience. Volunteering will give you experience. For instance, if you want to be a veterinarian, a good place to volunteer would be a humane society, so you have experience working with animals.
Also getting involved in an organization will teach you many life skills. It gives you a chance to see how things work so you can understand how to organize fundraising and learn skills like managing materials, speaking to large groups, organizing a schedule, working with others, interpersonal relationships, etc.
If you are searching for places to volunteer here are some suggestions. Humane society, local community centers, senior centers, libraries, historical societies,summer camps, and often schools have events like fairs that volunteers can help with. Also you should reach out to any organizations you’re interested in, like us volunteering for the EFA. Anyone will be happy with the extra help.
We hope this helped and gave you some reasons to volunteer and places to volunteer. Do you have any good suggestions on where to volunteer? Thanks for reading!
Ruby and Maya