“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank
– Anne Frank
Rally your students to serve their communities as well as their own future with this guide to volunteering. Feel free to add to it as your class needs.
What does improving the world mean to you?
Volunteering is always cool, but April is National Volunteer Month—this means we can take some intentional time to lift our communities and give back to the world we have the privilege of inhabiting.
We asked some folks at bulb about their favorite volunteer opportunities and experiences.
Here’s what they said:
1. Animal Rescue Shelters
Local animal shelters almost always need volunteers to help out with their furry friends. Check out ASPCA for more resources.
3. Food Pantries.
Food pantries and soup kitchens are a great way to directly help someone in need. They typically could use an extra hand organizing a local food drive, raising money or simply handing out hot meals. Check out FoodPantries.org to search for one near you.
5. Some other volunteer suggestions worth looking into:
– Albert Schweitzer
Great Value Colleges awards $1,500 to students who have enhanced their education through community service.
Students between the ages 3 and 21 with a disability can be nominated by a teacher, parent, other nominee, or even themselves! The student must be involved in various activities including volunteer work.
This award is for entering freshmen who display motivation, sincerity and community involvement. Multiple awards between $250 and $1,000 are given.
These awards are for students in grades 5–12 who have participated in community service in the past 12 months. National Honorees receive a $5,000 award, a medallion, a trophy and a $5,000 grant to a charity of choice. State Honorees receive an award of $1,000, a medallion and a paid trip to Washington D.C. Local Honorees receive a certificate of achievement.
LGBTQ high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 and above who are involved in community service can apply for this scholarship.
– Author Unknown
How do you plan to volunteer your time? Build a bulb to document your experience and share it to inspire yourself and others during National Volunteer Month this April!
For more information on visiting and getting involved at national parks, click here.