Volunteering in the community can help students give back to local organizations and broaden their worldview when working with people they might not ordinarily encounter. It can also help students gain valuable experience that can be used when applying to jobs and colleges. Below are a few local organizations that students can volunteer at and support!
Do you have a heart for animals but don’t want the commitment of owning a dog or cat? If so, Gone To The Dogs Rescue has plenty of opportunities for animal lovers. Volunteers can walk dogs and help them socialize. They can also contribute to the organization’s bimonthly social events. In addition, families can work together to temporarily foster animals as they wait for adoption.
Teens who are at least 14 years old can volunteer to become a Reading Partner. In this program, volunteers can work as little as one hour per week at local elementary schools, helping students work on their academic skills while also serving as a mentor and friend. After-school volunteer opportunities are also available.
Ten Thousand Villages is a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in developing nations by selling their handicrafts around the world. Volunteers at the store location in Redondo Beach work as sales associates. This helps keep the operating costs down while sharing the stories of the artisans with shoppers. Volunteers need to be at least 16 years old and able to commit to two three-hour shifts per month.
Looking for additional volunteer opportunities? Websites like volunteermatch.org are an excellent resource for finding local volunteer opportunities and allows you to search by cause, age, location, and more.