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Community Service Opportunities Categories
Juvenile Justice/Foster Care
Disaster Relief Healthcare
Art and Culture
Arts, Culture & Humanities
Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy
Community Improvement & Capacity Building
Crime & Legal-Related
Diseases, Disorders & Medical
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Housing & Shelter
International, Foreign Affairs & National Security
Mental Health & Crisis Intervention
Mutual & Membership Benefit
Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations
Public & Societal Benefit
Public Safety, Disaster Preparedness & Relief
Recreations & Sports
Science & Technology
Volunteer and Community Involvement programs develop resources in response to the differing needs of classrooms. By accessing the many diverse resources found in communities, these programs enrich and enhance school curriculum. A wide array of community partners enable these programs to maximize their impact. Volunteers may tutor, mentor, assist in the classroom, help with fundraising and participate in developing school plans, as well as many other opportunities. Recognition awards promote community involvement as well as highlight outstanding volunteer practices and showcase exemplary projects which are then shared statewide.
School districts regularly seek volunteers, mentors, and community partners to enhance classroom experiences, to assist with school-related activities, and to enrich student learning. Please contact the District Volunteer, Community and Family Involvement Coordinator in your area to learn about local volunteer, mentoring and community involvement opportunities.
Bonita Hampton, Director, Family & Community Engagement
You can match your interests with many volunteer opportunities. Here are some programs to give you an idea of the variety out there — we've tried to identify those opportunities that have an 18 years or older requirement; please reach out if we've incorrectly identified a program as such or missed one!
ARTS & CULTURE
HEALTH & MEDICINE
POVERTY & HUNGER
SENIORS & RETIREMENT
General Volunteer Resources
Volunteering By Popular College Majors
Due to the breadth of volunteer opportunities available, it is possible to align your major with a volunteer position to gain experience, network, and/or receive college credit. The following programs will give you an idea of the options out there for both undergraduate and graduate students looking for volunteer opportunities.
Volunteering in High School
What are the benefits of volunteering in high school?
Here are some benefits of volunteering as a high school student. Keep in mind that these are just some of the benefits!
TANGIBLE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING IN HIGH SCHOOL
College Applications: Volunteering in high school shows college admissions officials that you care about the community and have the time management skills to commit to a volunteer position alongside other commitments.
College Credits: Some high schools reward volunteer work with academic credit. To find out if your school offers credit for community service, contact your school counselor.
Community Service Scholarships: Utilize your commitment to volunteering by applying to community service scholarships available to high school students that can help pay for college tuition.
Learn a New Skill: Interested in gardening? Love working with animals? Take advantage of volunteer opportunities that provide outlets for you to learn new skills not typically taught in school.
Explore Career Options: From a law office to a local school, choosing to volunteer in a field of work that you're curious about pursuing as a career will help inform your understanding of what careers you'd like to further explore.
Volunteering in College
Alternative Spring Break & Summer Vacation
An alternative vacation is an opportunity to volunteer abroad or locally with a community instead of vacationing elsewhere. Depending on the program, alternative vacations cater to different audiences: college students, families, retirees, high schoolers, and those taking a break from their careers. Alternative vacations range from a couple days to many months, and provide the chance to gain cultural understanding of a place not possible through traditional tourism.
There are many organizations that facilitate alternative spring breaks in communities around the world, providing opportunities to volunteer abroad or locally during your time off of school. Check with your university's study abroad programs or community service programs to find out if and/or where there are alternative spring breaks. Most programs require you to sign up in advance and participate in orientations.
Keep in mind: An alternative vacation isn't always entirely cost-saving.
Many organizations require their volunteers to pay for transportation (flights, taxis, etc.) to the volunteering location. Some might offer subsidized meals or housing, but it is important to calculate the costs before committing to an alternative vacation.
Alternative Spring Break Options for College Students
This list is a starting point for your alternative spring break vacation search. If you know of or have participated in an alternative spring break as a volunteer abroad or within the U.S.
College/Universities Alternative Break Campus Organization