Serving others can serve you too
The primary goal of volunteer work should really be to put goodness out into the world by helping those in need. But the nice thing about committing to serving others through community activism and outreach is that good things often come back to you too.
Students in high school are typically required to complete a minimum amount of volunteer hours in order to graduate. Likewise, in order to apply for a Foresters Competitive Scholarship, students must be active in their communities and have at least 40 hours of documented volunteer work under their belts.
At Foresters FinancialTM we believe that we can help foster the next generation of leaders by helping community-minded students achieve their academic goals. That’s why community service is an important part of our scholarship program, and why 65% of the scholarship application is weighted towards community service. In return, our 250 annual scholarship winners are awarded up to $8,000 to pursue post-secondary education at an accredited university, community college or trade school.
All the information you need to apply including important dates, eligibility requirements, restrictions, and award details can be found at MyForesters.com. For a list of this past year’s scholarship winners, see here.
In the meantime, now is a great time for students to start exploring the many different ways they can make a difference in their communities, and to start racking up those important volunteer hours. Consider your skills and where your interests lie, and plan your community service around the talents you already have and those you’d like to hone.
Family Education1 has some great volunteer ideas for students:
- Animal shelter or veterinary clinic. If you’re an animal lover interested in pursuing a career working with animals, either of these options is fantastic. You may need to be over 18 to actually handle the animals, but you can still make a difference in the lives of our furry friends even if you’re doing office work or cleaning. Ask to speak to the office manager or veterinarian when you call to offer your services.
- Farms and garden centers. If agriculture is your area of interest, volunteer on a farm or in a garden center, if the ones in your area will allow unpaid labor.
- Libraries. Students are pretty familiar with libraries, and those with a love of books might find volunteering at a local library ideal. Someone in volunteer services will be able to give you more information and tell you what kinds of jobs you might find yourself doing there.
- Museums and aquariums. Many museums and aquariums offer volunteer opportunities for students, but these opportunities vary from organization to organization, so call the one you’re most interested in working at to find out more information about duties and requirements.
- Video and television production. Looking for a career in the media? Check out your local cable company and ask to speak to the volunteer director or youth coordinator to find out what volunteer opportunities are available.
- Hospitals. If you think you might be interested in a career in health care, call your local hospital and ask to speak to the volunteer coordinator or director of volunteers. You might find yourself doing things such as stocking nursing supplies and making deliveries between departments, or even interacting directly with patients.
- Nursing homes or retirement communities. Ask for the activities director, director of recreation therapy or volunteer coordinator when you call your local facility. There are countless ways you can make a difference in the lives of seniors within your community by volunteering at a local seniors residence.
Don’t forget that Foresters also has volunteer opportunities too! From building playgrounds to making care kits for the homeless to preparing dinners for families staying at Ronald McDonald Houses®, there is an activity for everyone. Visit MyForesters.com to learn about upcoming events in your local area where you can help out and give back.
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