Want to broaden your horizons? Consider volunteering! As a teen volunteer you’ll gain valuable experience, help others and make a difference in someone’s life. And, it’ll look great on college scholarship applications, job applications and your resume. It’s the perfect way to obtain job experience for your first job. Here are some tips on where to find volunteer opportunities for teens.
Where to Find Volunteer Opportunities for Teens Tip #1: Contact a Local Volunteer Center
Most cities and large towns have a volunteer center. This agency serves as a one-stop-shop for teens, kids and adults looking for ways to volunteer. They will match you with what might be the best volunteer opportunity for you. They can also give you advice, and provide training as well.To see if there is one in your area, google “volunteer center” along with your town/city.
Where to Find Volunteer Opportunities for Teens Tip #2: Call 211
If there is not a volunteer center in you area, the next idea is to try calling 211. (It is like 911 but with a 2.) It only works from landline phones, not cell phones, in some areas. Ask the 211 specialist for the suggestions on places for teens to volunteer. For more details on 211, read this article about 211.
Where to Find Volunteer Opportunities for Teens Tip #3: Call Your Local United Way
If there is a United Way agency in your area, you might give them a call. Explain that you are a teen searching for volunteer opportunities. They should have several referrals to local agencies that would be thrilled to have the help of a teenager. If there is a certain population group you would prefer to work with (elderly, people who are sick, etc.) please let them know.
Where to Find Volunteer Opportunities for Teens Tip #4: Ask Your School Guidance Counselor
Another idea is to consult with you school counselor for advice. She or he might be able to connect you with local volunteer opportunities that can give you experience in the career path you are considering. For example, if you might want to work with animals, the local humane society might need volunteers. If you want to become a nurse someday, a hospital or nursing home might be in need of volunteers.
Where to Find Volunteer Opportunities for Teens Tip #5: Look in the Phone Book
Lastly, you might just look in the phone book under “social service agencies.” Nearly all social service agencies can use volunteers, even teen volunteers. Just go through the list, and call the ones you think you might be interested in volunteering with.
Kudos to you for wanting to volunteer! Volunteers are often the backbone of social service agencies. You will truly make a difference in someone’s life.