Teenage Volunteer Opportunities
Looking for a great way to give back to your community? Try
volunteering! Teenage volunteer opportunities allow you to meet interesting people,
learn new skills and see things in a whole new light — all while making a meaningful
impact on your community.
Here’s a bonus: It looks great on your
applications. Volunteering shows that you can manage priorities, maintain a commitment
and contribute to the greater good.
So before you look around to see what opportunities would
fit you best, ask yourself these questions:
How much time am I willing to commit?
What talents or skills do I have to offer?
What would I most like to
learn by volunteering?
What don't I want to do as a volunteer?
After you figure out what kind of things you’d like to do,
consider the following teenage volunteer opportunities:
You might help prepare or distribute meals, work behind the
scenes in the business office or organize a food drive to stock the
Many shelters are nonprofit and have teenage volunteer opportunities
to help take care of animals, keep facilities clean and assist potential adopters.
Many hospitals offer a variety of volunteer programs. Depending
on how old you are, you might be able to visit and make crafts with patients, give
hospital tours or work in the gift shop.
Nonprofit Care Homes
Almost every major city has a place for families to stay
while a seriously ill family member is receiving treatment at a hospital or university
medical center. Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals, talk to families, take
care of the house and more.
If you’re a hands-on, DIY type, you might enjoy spending
your time helping local community members in need. You can help others by raking
leaves, mowing lawns, planting trees or flowers or maybe even helping someone with
repairs in their home.
Many parks offer teenage volunteer opportunities where you
can try anything from educational programs to trail construction and maintenance.
Many libraries need help and have volunteer opportunities
for reshelving books and running childrens’ programs.
A perfect place to look for volunteer opportunities is within
your own school. Schools often have clubs for special-needs students or provide
tutoring opportunities to younger children (and even adults) who may need help reading
Senior Citizens Centers
Is it your nature to provide
friendship and participate in activities
with senior citizens? Hugs and smiles are part of the reward.
Did any of these opportunities interest you? Go ahead and
give it a try! Search your local phone book, check out your town's website and contact
your library or community college to see if they sponsor any teenage volunteer opportunities
we've suggested. Good luck!
Read about teenage volunteer opportunities and get helpful tips from teen girls at BeingGirl.