Volunteer.

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There are many benefits to volunteering if you’re a student; the most obvious: completing those required hours for graduation. However, if you’re part of a service organization like I am – National Honor Society for example – volunteering becomes more than just required hours.

Remember, the most rewarding part of volunteering is realizing it’s not about you.

You see, giving back to others is more than stacking canned food in containers, or cleaning a dog’s kennel in an animal shelter – it’s a stepping stone to self growth! I’m not saying you’re going to have an epiphany and strive to end world hunger, I’m saying you realize that it’s not about you, it’s about everyone involved in the process and how you can help each other.

Now, for the volunteering opportunities:

  1. Animal Shelters
  2. Food Banks
  3. Soup Kitchens
  4. Daycares
  5. Retirement Homes

The volunteering opportunities above are the most popular options teenagers choose to undertake during their high school careers. However, don’t limit yourself, but instead seek other opportunities available to you! (Caring for ill family members for an extended amount of time may also count as volunteering/community service, all you have to do is ask.)

Again, I want to emphasize the importance of giving back. If you’re going to volunteer for the first time, go in with an open mind. Remember, the most rewarding part of volunteering is realizing it’s not about you.

Here’s a picture of me and fellow Knit Marketer, Haydee Calderón, after we volunteered at a Food Bank last year. 🙂