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“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

– 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.

2. National Parks

 

If you love history or just like to take every opportunity to spend some time outdoors, you can find boundless opportunities at amazing historical sites and parks maintained by the National Park Service. Or try Volunteer.gov.

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.

4. Habitat for Humanity.

 

If you have an interest in home repair and building, Habitat for Humanity offers a ton of opportunities to get involved. Check out their A Brush With Kindness campaign or the Women Build program, designed specifically to help women learn construction skills.

5. Some other volunteer suggestions worth looking into:

  • Art Museums  
  • Political Campaigns
  • Retirement Homes
“Wherever you turn, you can find someone who needs you. Even if it is a little thing, do something for which there is no pay but the privilege of doing it. Remember, you don’t live in the world all of your own.”

– Albert Schweitzer

Not sure where to start? Here are two websites that help you find volunteer opportunities based on your specific interests, age and location:

1. Great Value Colleges Community Service Scholarship

Great Value Colleges awards $1,500 to students who have enhanced their education through community service.

 

2. Yes, I Can Council for Exceptional Children Award

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.

 

3. LULAC National Scholarship Fund General Awards

This award is for entering freshmen who display motivation, sincerity and community involvement. Multiple awards between $250 and $1,000 are given.

 

4. Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

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.

 

5. LEAGUE Foundation Scholarship

LGBTQ high school seniors with a GPA of 3.0 and above who are involved in community service can apply for this scholarship.

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”

– 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.

19 April 2019