9. Join a Volunteer Service Program
Volunteer work can teach teenagers and young adults a lot of valuable life lessons. Whether you want to learn the importance of giving back to the community or you're hoping to gain some valuable skills that will help you in your future job, there are lots of local volunteer opportunities. See the list below.
Go Overseas is a website that will allow you to volunteer from outside the U.S. and want to experience this vast, diverse nation as a volunteer, or you're an American looking to travel outside your hometown, this guide will help you figure out what sort of volunteer projects you can do based on region.
Water is Life is committed to providing solutions in villages and communities that are desperately in need of hygienic drinking water and sanitation. Opportunities to travel to countries and help build facilities to treat water are available, and volunteer positions are open for all levels of involvement.
Watsi is a digitally focused health nonprofit that is redefining charitable giving for millennials. Watsi offers real time tracking of where money donated goes, from basic medical services to surgeries. Millennials want to know that their money is making a difference, and Watsi offers that reassurance.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) knows that service works, which is why they are committed to improving lives, strengthening communities, and fostering civic engagement through service and volunteering.
Senior Corps volunteers make a big difference in the communities they serve, and they see a big difference in their own morale and health. Almost two-thirds of Senior Corps volunteers report a decrease in feelings of isolation, and 67% of those who first reported that they “often” lack companionship, report improved social connections after serving.