Community Service Work: Discover Your Options
Students at our school are involved in a myriad of volunteer activities, including Habitat for Humanity, animal rescues, nursing homes, historic societies and re-enactments, hospitals, literacy centers, and CPR training. Our students combine academics and community service work using a variety of creative approaches.
Have you considered donating your time and talents as a volunteer? Here are some tips to getting started from student volunteer expert Russell Lyons:
- Pick your passion. Make a list of things that are important to you (animals, music, sports, reading, etc.).
- Find an organization that matches your passion! There are more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States. You can ask friends and family to help you find some options, or use web-based resources, such as Volunteer Match, Charity Navigator, or GuideStar to narrow down your choices.
- Research your choice. Before you become involved with a volunteer group, it is important to do due diligence, and discuss your plans with your family and friends. Perhaps attend an orientation session before making the commitment to become a volunteer. Sixth grade student Evi, who volunteers at nursing homes with her dog, said, “Volunteer for something that you are good at and that you enjoy. This way, you will do your best and show up consistently.”
- Spread the word. If you love the volunteer work you do, tell your friends about your experiences.
We hope that students are inspired to explore their passions by helping others through community service work. Anne Frank wrote, “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”