So you want to give your time but don’t know where to start? Not to worry! There are lots and lots of volunteer options out there–it’s just a matter of finding the right fit for you. We’ve compiled some helpful resources in finding the right fit both locally in your community and worldwide.
Find a Local Organization
You never know what organizations in your own community may need a helping hand! The websites below all have vast databases of nonprofits seeking additional assistance.
VolunteerMatch.org: This vast online database allows searchers to narrow not only by city, but by type of volunteer opportunity, passion, or interests. Highly recommended!
GivingTuesday.org: Includes a database of volunteer opportunities by city
HowToHelpInMaine.org: Just for Maine residents, this database was created by GLA alum Zoe Siegel!
Finding a minor-friendly volunteer position can be difficult; luckily, there are many organizations out there that recognize the value of young volunteers and the fresh perspective they bring to projects. While checking directly with organizations that serve your community is often the best way to go, the following nonprofits offer teen-specific projects:
Humane Society: Animal lover? The Humane Society generally has volunteer opportunities for minors. You can use the link to find branches in your area, or Google “humane society (your town)” for specifics.
American Red Cross: Aspiring healthcare worker? The Red Cross has a teen-specific program with all kinds of options, from blood drive organization to emergency preparedness education to fundraising.
Habitat for Humanity: Aspiring contractor? Like to work with your hands? Habitat for Humanity also has a Youth United program especially for teen volunteers.
Give your time with the added bonus of learning not only a new skill, but about a whole new culture! Volunteering abroad, when done responsibly, can be one of the most rewarding experiences out there. You can search by interest here, or see below for a breakdown by number of hours of community service. Programs include a range from 5 to 83 volunteer hours, over a span of 8 – 28 days. If you’re all about the service hours, see below for GLA’s most service-heavy programs:
40+ Service Hours
Ghana: Children Of Africa™ (60 hours over 21 days)
Brazil: Rio Service Adventure (60 hours over 21 days)
Peru: Children Of The Andes™ (50 hours over 21 days)
Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure (48 hours over 21 days; adding Homestay Extension, up to 83 hours over 28 days)
Costa Rica: Animal Rescue Project™ (45 hours over 21 days)
Fiji: Children Of The South Pacific™ (45 hours over 21 days)
India: The Initiative For Children™ (45 hours over 21 days)
Peru: Llama & Animal Service Adventure™ (45 hours over 21 days)
Dominican Republic: Global Health Initiative™ (40 hours over 14 days)