Counselors at local high schools have identified volunteerism and community service as one of the key ways to separate yourself from other applicants in the college application pool.
You still need to get the grades and participate in school-based extra-curriculars – all the other applicants are – but volunteer efforts might set you apart. Use volunteering to show, through your resume, what you believe in and what you will do to support that belief.
~ If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. ~
Booker T. Washington
~ The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~
There are many ways to volunteer. Planned volunteer efforts can be fun, fulfilling, and beneficial to you and the recipients on many levels. Use the links and searches below to find something that suits your personality and your values and beliefs. Find something that reflects who you are and what you believe in and enjoy doing.
If there is honestly nothing listed that suits your desires, go out on your own. Contact groups that you might be interested in helping. You may even be able to connect your volunteer efforts to your desired career path if you plan ahead.
~ It is never too late to be what you might have been. ~
Specific opportunities locally
Henrietta / Rochester area
Start here to see many opportunities at once!
Specific volunteer organizations or opportunities:
- Henrietta Public Library
- Habitat for Humanity
- Red Cross — Or use VolunteerMatch to find Red Cross opportunities in our area.
- Lollypop Farm
- Seneca Park Zoo
- Salvation Army
- Henrietta Foundation
- ARC of Monroe
- Special Olympics
Walks, races, and other events for causes:
- Step out for the American Diabetes Association
- Heart Walk for the American Heart Association
- Climb or walk for the American Lung Association
- Walk for the National Kidney Foundation
- Relay for Life or Making Strides for American Cancer Society
- Walk or bike for the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America
- Breast Cancer Race for the Cure
Other opportunities to be aware of and look into include:
- Local churches
- Your school or local elementary schools
- Senior centers and homes
- Soup kitchens
- Volunteer fire departments & rescue squad
- Parks & recreation departments
- Legion & VFW posts
- Political parties & organizations
- Community theater groups
- A few more ideas
Attention Volunteer Organizations!
If you represent or know of a local group or organization that relies on or would be willing to accept teen volunteers, please use the comment section below to leave us information including a Web link or phone number where teens can get more information. Thank you very much!