Have you ever volunteered and felt your mood lifted after the experience?
That’s no coincidence. Giving back can perk
you up in a way nothing else will. That’s because as human beings, we’re hard-wired to seek out positive interaction. We are all connected to others in our world, and that wonderful feeling that comes from helping others only makes us more inclined to pay it forward.
So maybe you want to get more involved in 2020 but aren’t sure where to begin. The reality is you can do as little or as much as you want. What matters is that you’re making an effort.
Volunteering offers many benefits for teenagers, including that it might help you identify what you identify a career path for your future. You’ll be able to work alongside adults, which is a great way to find mentors. Best of all, good experiences volunteering can influence your involvement with your community the rest of your life!
Here are a few ideas (some seasonal in nature) to jumpstart your volunteerism:
- Gather up old toys, books or clothes to donate to a homeless shelter or organization that serves underprivileged youth
- Offer to perform spring garden clean-up duties, like weeding, mulching and watering
- Pick up trash from park areas whenever you see it
- Volunteer to walk dogs, clean cages and play with animals at a shelter
- Baby-sit for parents who are in need of a night out
- Visit a senior center to provide company to the elderly, serve meals at lunchtime or lead an activity, such as teaching tech skills
- Participate in a reading program for disadvantaged youth
- Make phone calls on behalf of a nonprofit organization
These ideas are just a start. You can do your own research to find out the greatest need in your area. No matter how you choose to serve, you’ll be amazed at how rewarding it can be! Human connection is a beautiful thing.