Volunteering is a great way to spend some of your free time. When you volunteer, you give your time to a cause that needs your help. It's an opportunity to feel good about yourself, learn about an organization you may be interested in, meet new people, and help a cause you believe in. It also looks good on a college application! If you don't know how to go about getting started with volunteering, check out the information below.

  • Think about what you're interested in and what you're passionate about. Do you feel strongly about helping sick children? Do you care about saving the environment? Do you love working with animals? Once you figure out what you feel strongly about, you can narrow down your search for a volunteer position.
  • Research volunteer opportunities in your local area. Visit organizations that you know accept volunteers like animal shelters, hospitals, or homeless shelters. Ask your school guidance counselor about local volunteer opportunities. And look online as well.
  • Get moving. Once you've done your research, go after the opportunity that best fits your interests. Call the organization, email a contact, or stop by and find out how you can start helping out.
  • Figure out your schedule and the level of commitment you think you can handle before you get too involved with an organization. You need to know ahead of time how much time you have to give after you do your schoolwork and participate in any other activities you're involved in.

Volunteering your time to others shows a great side of your personality. When college application time nears, make sure to include your volunteer experiences with your application. And have fun!

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