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Local Volunteer Opportunities that Offer a Rewarding Experience

Local Volunteer Opportunities that Offer a Rewarding Experience

With summer right around the corner, many high school students will be looking for places to volunteer. Not only can being a volunteer be a rewarding experience, it can also help bolster your college application.

Here is a list of places that may pique your interest as you think about where to volunteer this summer.

1. Lake Elsinore Animal Friends of the Valley

AFV is always looking for volunteers who enjoy working with and around animals. Volunteers are needed at the shelter Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-2:00 pm and on Saturday from 8:00 am -10:00 am. If you are interested, visit the website or call 951-471-8344.

2. Santa Rosa Plateau “Team Stream”

Here is an opportunity for you to earn community service hours at the Santa Rosa Plateau Eco Reserve. There are many different options available, most being outdoors. If you are interested, contact Carol Bell at

3. Special Olympics Southern California, Temecula Valley

Volunteer coaches and assistant coaches are needed throughout the year to help with mentally and physically challenged children and teenagers. Volunteers must be 14 years of age. You would help with practices and aid in skill development. If this interests you, contact Stacy Fish at 951-296-3624 or check the website at

4. Meadowbrook Animal Sanctuary Haven (MASH)

This Animal Rescue facility is in need of volunteers to help maintain the facility and care for the animals. Most of the volunteer work is scheduled on weekends. You can contact Rex Tuggle at 951-743-5975 for information.

5. Compassionate Care During Loss Hospice of the Valley

A Teen Volunteer Program includes patient and family support, office volunteer, community outreach and fundraising volunteer, scrapbooking volunteer, and life review video volunteer. You can contact Chrisy Lawless at 951-200-7800 for more information.

In addition to these, you may also want to contact the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, the YMCA, or any service organizations such as the Kiwanis, Elks, or Rotary clubs in your area.

If you have questions about this or other aspects of your college application process, just give us a call.