Making the Most out of Your Community Service
Fulfilling your community service hours requirement to graduate from high school is a task that many high school students dread. But, if done the right, meaningful way, it not only can be a highly rewarding experience, but also look great on your college application.
In addition, volunteering can also lead to the increased possibilities of attaining numerous scholarships, such as the Rotary Club, the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship, the Assistance League of Temecula Valley, and the Citizen’s Scholarship of Temecula Valley.
So, if you are looking for a very valuable community service opportunity, check out the following possibilities:
1. Eco-Volunteering. More and more students are growing up being completely aware of the environment around them and how important recycling and conserving and reusing fuel and energy are. You can volunteer for organizations that have “clean-up crews” that remove trash from public places such as beaches and parks. You can also volunteer to promote wildlife conservation or find a company that specializes in recycling.
2. Visit the elderly in the community. One of the most rewarding experiences can be hanging out with someone who is full of wisdom and great stories. Contact any of the senior centers, hospitals, or group homes in your area and see if you can volunteer to help out.
3. Help with the needy and/or sick. Another highly rewarding experience is to help out people who are less fortunate than you, whether it is through financial problems or illness. You can contact any of the shelters or hospitals in your area and see if they need help during food drives, help serving during holiday meals, or help with children and/or adults with a serious illness.
4. Tutor. If you have done very well in any particular subject in school, why not take those talents and apply them to students who need the help? Your expertise can impact another student, help them learn, and help them achieve better grades and self-esteem. Check with your school to see if they offer a tutoring program and also check with a local YMCA or Boys’ and Girls’ Club.
Volunteering can be a valuable and rewarding experience and may even open your eyes to a possible career in your future.
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