Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Where Do You Volunteer?

Volunteer work.

It holds a special place in my heart (as corny as it sounds). And I'm not trying to brag or anything, but people who know me are always questioning how I'm able to volunteer so much. People act like it's impossible to find the time to volunteer, but it's honestly extremely easy to do.

Each week, I volunteer a few hours of my time to help out my local hospital. And it's not difficult to do! I simply help by doing little assignments here and there that greatly help the staff in the long run.

But one thing I think that people misunderstand about volunteer work is that they believe it's boring and a waste of time. But here's the catch: It doesn't have to be! It is so easy to find a volunteer niche that is perfect for you! For me, volunteer work isn't a chore, but a pleasure!

I have volunteered time at my school with my fellow friends and classmates as a part of an organization talking about the effects of bad decisions while on the road and why people should choose to drive safely and filled with awareness. And I would really like to think that it made a difference.

There are so many different ways you can volunteer in your community. For a teen, like myself, there are many options available for you to volunteer in your community.

-Volunteer your time at a sibling's school helping out in the classroom. It really does help the teacher to have an extra helper!

-Volunteer at an afterschool program, such as the Boys and Girls Club, to help kids with their homework. It is so important that kids receive the help that they need in school!

-Volunteer to help clean up your park sometime! It's important that kids have a safe and clean environment to play in!

So, as you can see, there are many easy ways for you to volunteer! And if you don't want to be alone, bring a friend with you! Not only will you have someone to talk to as you clean up the park, but double the amount of work will be done!

And, as I finish up, I know that there are endless possibilities of ways you can volunteer in your community. How do all of you volunteer?

Alyssa Montgomery
Author of Where Are You?, Mr. Mysterious, and 9:53 PM (from the Heat of the Moment Anthology).


Iris Black said...

I volunteer through different school groups like you mentioned. Some of my friends volunteer at our local hospital as well.

Great post!

Norm Cowie said...

I tend to get more 'voluntered' than anything else.



Pam Ripling said...

I know this one girl who not only volunteers at her local hospital, elementary school and her own school service clubs, she also campaigns tirelessly for the American Cancer Society. She collects money, helps put on community fundraising events and works at the yearly Relay For Life. Last December, she also volunteered her time and dramatic talents for our local children's literary festival.

Anyone know who she might be?


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