Remember to find a volunteer project that you'll enjoy and that will suit your interests. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Summer vacation is a great time for high schoolers to dive into community service projects that will help fulfill their graduation requirements.
Nonprofit community service organization DoSomething.org pairs young people with service opportunities. Education campaign manager Farah Sheikh shared some of the site’s suggestions for students looking to volunteer.
Find a cause that suits your interests
DoSomething.org’s volunteers tend to pick projects that they feel strongly about, says Sheikh. “Bullying is one of our top causes. It resonates with everyone,” she says. “A lot of our opportunities are not traditional volunteer actions. They are actually issues that young people care about.”
Pick something that fits your schedule
Carving out a weekly block of time to volunteer isn’t possible for everyone, which is why it’s key to find something with a manageable time commitment.
This August, DoSomething.org is holding its weeklong service event The Hunt. Those who sign up will receive a text each morning with that day’s service theme. (For example: A team of volunteers may decide to throw a book drive on a literacy-themed day.) Participatants receive an online certificate and can enter a scholarship competition.
Have fun in the sun
Looking for a more traditional volunteer opportunity? Consider signing up for a planting party or a trash pick-up relay race at a local park. “We always have a little spin on things to make them more fun,” says Sheikh.