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Is it time to give back?
July 30, 2018
Don’t hate the messenger, but summer is winding down. You will soon be back in school. For some, you will start your high school career. For others, this will be the end. You may be off to college or trade school or the military or any number of other options. For all of you, now is the time to think about how you spent your summer and what that means for your future.
These last few weeks of summer are full of opportunity. When it comes time to complete college applications or apply for a job, they will look at more than your GPA and your extracurricular activities. They will want to know what you did for others. What did you do to make this world a better place? These last weeks of summer before school starts are an ideal time to volunteer. Volunteering does a lot of things. It helps the less fortunate, but you knew that already. It also adds to those previously mentioned college and job applications. You also likely knew that.
What you may not realize is it helps you. Volunteering helps you discover what interests you. It introduces you to new experiences and education. Volunteering will show you what matters most to you at the deepest level. When you put all of those things together, it means you are making a difference in someone’s life and many times that someone is you. Volunteering truly does as much for the volunteer as it does the person or organization being helped.
If volunteering is something you would like to consider, here are a few ideas of where you may be able to help:
1. Organize a back to school clothing drive for less fortunate kids in your area.
2. Take some of your hard earned summer money and buy a few non-perishables. Your local food bank will thank you.
3. Collect toys for a shelter or orphanage in your area. Don’t just take your younger siblings toys without getting permission first.
4. Get your friends together with some trash bags and go clean up your local park.
5. Put together some care packs for troops that are deployed overseas.
6. Call your local library and see if they could use a volunteer reader.
7. Check with an elderly neighbor or family friend. See if they could use help running errands or with yard work.
8. Volunteer to tutor to help get other kids and teens ready for the upcoming school year.
9. Do you love history? Check with a museum to see if they could use a volunteer.
10. Are sports more your thing? Check with your local little league teams to see if they need help coaching.
As you can see by the list, the options are endless. Get creative. What are some areas in your community where you could make a difference?
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