Classy co-eds volunteer for many reasons: Some want to make a positive contribution to their communities, some want to participate in activities they enjoy and some want to enhance a resume. An ideal volunteer location will fulfill all three needs! Classy ladies share the places they volunteer to help find the perfect location for you.
“I volunteer with Reading Youth Athletics. I coach four through eight year-old little girls.” –Alyssa Fry, Penn State University
Tip #1: Do something you enjoy! For example, coach your favorite sport like Alyssa. You will make a difference in your community and boost your resume while having FUN!
“I volunteer at Chester County Hospital.” –Lauren Dale, Penn State University
Tip #2: Consider your future career. Volunteer at the place you’d like to work someday. You can gain invaluable experience in the field of your choosing as well as help those in need.
“I volunteer at the Milwaukee Women’s Center. I help underprivileged women who are interviewing for jobs pick out suits and clothes. Then they can take them home for free!” –Anna Nicole, Marquette University
“I volunteer at a children’s museum and an animal rescue.” — Victoria Baldonado, University Of New Mexico
“I am a regular volunteer at a kids program through my church and I also participate in volunteering through the Arthritis Foundation. Last year, I arranged a team for their annual Jingle Bell Walk/Run for Arthritis and we raised $1,000 as well as participated in the 5k!” –Emily Lamielle, Duquesne University
Tip # 3: Benefit your favorite cause! Anna, Victoria, and Emily are all making a difference on the issues they feel most passionate.
Tip #4: Take advantage of your resources. The fantastic ideas above often require a car, money and time. Short on those but still want to volunteer? Look no further than your university! Volunteer opportunities are abundant on college campuses. Many non-volunteer clubs and organization still participate in volunteer activites and some even take service trips during holiday breaks around the country. If your favorite clubs don’t offer this, look into joining a specific volunteer organization, such as your schools Habitat for Humanity chapter.