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Added December 17, 2013

Teenage Volunteer Opportunities

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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 college 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:

 

Homeless Shelters

You might help prepare or distribute meals, work behind the scenes in the business office or organize a food drive to stock the shelter’s pantry.

 

Animal Shelters

Many shelters are nonprofit and have teenage volunteer opportunities to help take care of animals, keep facilities clean and assist potential adopters.

 

Hospitals

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.

 

Your Community

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.

 

State Parks

Many parks offer teenage volunteer opportunities where you can try anything from educational programs to trail construction and maintenance.

 

Libraries

Many libraries need help and have volunteer opportunities for reshelving books and running childrens’ programs.

 

Schools

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 or writing.

 

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!

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isamiller12
isamiller12
Posted July 14, 2012
my friends and i have 2 lions from the world wild life foundation
sweetsani16
sweetsani16
Posted July 06, 2012
I even donate money for children miracle hospital
Olga Rudenko
Olga Rudenko
Posted May 21, 2012
I am too young for volunteering :(
Aubie4AU
Aubie4AU
Posted June 27, 2012
I want to help at an animal shelter a lot! I will look into it!
sweetsani16
sweetsani16
Posted June 21, 2012
gonna do hospital
holly573
holly573
Posted June 21, 2012
i've alsway wanted to work with the elderly... idk it just is what i want to o but no one knows it yet... im not even old enough to volunteer and idk where i can here in hawaii
patooty3
patooty3
Posted May 05, 2012
I'm starting volunteering at my local hospital over the summer! It's a great way to gain experience in the medical field, and it helps me feel good to do good.
FairhopePiratesBasketball
FairhopePiratesBasketball
Posted April 27, 2012
i want to volunteer but im "too young" :(
AliceWonderland
AliceWonderland
Posted May 11, 2012
I can`t really go plaves to volunteer where i live (aka the middle of nowhere lol) so itss wayy frustrating casue i soo want to. but i do help out my neighbors, clean up along highways, and help in the schools which s great!
demi1999
demi1999
Posted May 01, 2012
I'm in the National Junior Honor Society, so there's always "volunteering" going with us. ;D
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