How to Find Time to Volunteer in High School

Posted on December 8, 2011. Filed under: Volunteering is Hot! | Tags: |

From the Huffington Post.

Yes, you know it is important for high school students to volunteer. And yes, of course you want to give back to your community. But how does a high school student find the time to volunteer with an exorbitant amount of homework, athletic team commitments, clubs, planning for college, plus a part-time job? Sure, high school students realize the benefits of community service. But how can students find flexible opportunities that fit their packed schedule? Consider being a virtual volunteer.

Is social networking your strength? Many nonprofit organizations welcome youth to set up and maintain their Facebook page, Twitter site or blog postings. High school students can complete volunteer tasks via the Internet and a laptop computer. Virtual volunteering allows nonprofit organizations to expand the benefits of their programs, by allowing more volunteers to participate, and by utilizing volunteers to reach out to the community. It is a win-win situation. High school students tend to be fluent in social networking and can utilize social media to help connect the generations. Do your research. Check to see if the agency you are interested in volunteering has a current online presence on Twitter, Facebook or a blog. Approach a local nonprofit and offer to be their social media volunteer.

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