This week is National Volunteer Week, so how are YOU going to volunteer?
At Lion’s Heart, we encourage our Members to get out there and give back. Serve your community with other Lion's Heart Members, individually, or bring a friend along to share the experience of making a difference. Here are some great ideas for teens and their parents to volunteer. By volunteering, teens are not only showing their compassion and empathy for their favorite causes, they're learning to lead, and boosting their college resumes in the process. Research shows that teens who volunteer are happier and feel more connected to others in their community. We encourage you to get out there and volunteer!
Here are 7 easy ways you and your teen can volunteer this week:
1. Animal Shelters
Local animal shelters almost always need volunteers. You can be a dog walker, do administrative work, or even be a pet soother. Fostering an animal is also a wonderful way to give back. Volunteer Match has a lot of animal based volunteer opportunities and you can also visit the Humane Society for a list of shelters near you.
2. Food Banks or Soup Kitchens
Food pantries and soup kitchens can always use a hand organizing a local food drive or serving hot meals to those in need. FoodPantries.org and Feeding America is a great way to find a place that needs volunteers!
3. Community or National Parks/Beaches
Go outdoors and enjoy the scenery while helping to clean up at the beach or local park. Try Volunteer Clean Up to find activities near you.
4. Red Cross
You can give blood, or you can volunteer with the American Red Cross. They have a youth sign-up form on their website.
5. Local Libraries
Libraries usually need help organizing the book shelves, helping kids with their homework, and special events like book signings and special programs. Libraries, also, typically have a summer reading program where teens can volunteer to read to the younger kids over their summer break. Check your local library!
6. Retirement Homes/Senior Centers
7. Champion your own Cause
Care about the drought? Children in war-torn areas? A specific disease that's affected a friend or family member? The opportunity to make a difference stretches as far as your imigaination. DoSomething.org has some great examples of do-it-yourself service projects.
Volunteering is rewarding in so many ways. So, BE the change you want to see in the world, and give back to your community!
Lion’s Heart inspires teens to have a positive impact in their communities through leadership and participation in volunteering, providing needed resources for causes that ignite their passions. Join us!
By Steph Hicks –
Steph is the Digital Marketing Manager for Lion’s Heart, blog writing ninja, social media guru, and overall super awesome person. In her spare time, she paints and plays with her two adorable puppies, Luna Lovegood and Cody Kisses.