Volunteering can help you meet new people, find out more about yourself, and become more dependable and responsible. Volunteering can make you feel good about yourself and what you are doing. The best part is that all this happens while you are giving something to someone in need.
Through volunteering you gain experience that will help later in finding a paying job. You will be introduced to adults who can recommend you to a future employer.
Check with your school, library or church/synagogue/mosque about volunteer opportunities. For more information on various volunteer opportunities within the community, you can call on of the following.
American Red Cross Youth Volunteer Placement Program 585-256-4032
Volunteer Connection of United Way 585-454-1100
Be sure to keep the following in mind when you are looking for a volunteer position.
- You meet the required minimum age
- It is not too far from school, home, or work and you have transportation
- The volunteer opportunities are interesting to you and can fit within your time schedule
Next, call the organization that interests you and ask the following questions:
- What volunteer opportunities are available?
- When are they available?
- Is training provided and is it required?
- How much time is needed to do the job?
The answers to these questions should help you identify what type of volunteer experience you want.
You can be actively involved with others in our community in addressing community concerns. It's important for you to stand up for what you believe in, and participate in shaping and changing our community's understanding of young people. Through your participation you can be effective in reaching your peers, you can bring an important perspective to program planning, and you can bring needed resources to programs. Your active participation can be a valuable experience for you as well as others you assist. Programs exist that can involve you in youth participation activities and assist you in developing your leadership skills. Listed below are some of those programs.
The following organizations will provide information and/or assistance (click on the agency's name for more information):
American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes
(315)789-1522 or (315)568-9436
Youth volunteer and service opportunities include FLYER - promoting healthy behaviors and HIV prevention (peer educators are 8th-12th grades); health and safety classroom or group presentations that include
Boys and Girls Club of Geneva
Recreational activities are provided as a way to build relationships with children with the goal of enhanced youth development.
American Red Cross - West Ontario Office
Youth volunteer opportunities including Red Cross Youth Crew; instruction in first aid, CPR, aquatics, babysitting.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario County 4-H Youth Development Program
A variety of training and activity programs including 4-H programs.
Community Action Partnership
Provide assistance to families regarding homelessness, domestic violence, educational advocacy.
Ontario County Youth Bureau
The Youth Bureau provides funding to service providers in the community that meet the needs of youth and families.
Reality Check is a youth empowerment movement fighting the manipulative marketing practices of the tobacco industry through a variety of activities.
Ontario County Youth Court
Typical cases include petit larceny, criminal mischief, trespass, unauthorized use of a vehicle, low level drug crimes, underage possession of alcohol. Youth Court does not handle cases of violence, or sexual harassment.
Literacy Volunteers of America
Volunteers work one-on-one with adults seeking to improve their reading skills.
MISS Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support to grieving families, empowerment through community volunteerism opportunities, public policy and legislative action, and programs to reduce infant and toddler death through research and education.