Are you involved in the community, donating your time to a cause that is important to you? If not, think about how you can get involved. Service to others helps the community, and it's also beneficial to you
- It provides a healthy boost to your self-esteem, self-confidence and life satisfaction.
- You gain real-world experience and can learn about different career paths and make connections.
- Volunteer work is viewed very favorably by colleges, scholarship committees and employers. You will be prompted to list volunteer work on your college applications and should definitely include it on a resume in a job search. Try to keep track of it throughout high school, and going forward in life, so that you can easily list it on a resume or application.
Need some ideas? Below is a list of places around the community where students can get involved. If you have an interest that isn't represented here, contact Mrs. Seifert for assistance locating resources, or consider developing your own project!
- ACIM in Oxford– This nonprofit group runs a food bank in Oxford. Individuals or groups are invited to volunteer on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 6:30-8:00pm to help pack food boxes. Long term commitment is welcome but not required. See more details athttp://www.acimgranville.org/volunteer.
- ACTS in Henderson– Area Christians Together in Service (ACTS) provides a soup kitchen, Mobile Meals to homebound clients, a food pantry and Back Pack Buddy program. Junior Volunteers are needed to help. See Mrs. Seifert for a volunteer packet.
- Animal Shelters - Vance County Animal Shelter -http://vancecountyanimalshelter.com/help Granville County Animal Shelter - (919)693-6749 Warren County Animal Ark -https://www.warrencountync.com/632/Volunteering
- City of Oxford and the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Commission– They use volunteers for special events in downtown Oxford.https://www.oxfordnc.org/community/downtown_development/volunteer_information_.php
- Granville County– The county has a website to help you find volunteer opportunities with all county departments and special projects. Go tohttps://granvillecounty.galaxydigital.com/
- Granville County Youth Division Service– This office offers volunteer opportunities both with teen court (http://www.granvillecountyteencourt.com/how-does-it-work.html) and Restorative Circles (http://www.granvillecountyteencourt.com/how-do-they-work.html).
- Granville Health System- Junior Volunteers are students 14 - 21 years of age. All junior volunteers must attend an orientation program. For more details and the application form, go to https://ghshospital.org/patients-visitors/volunteering/.
- Henderson Downtown Development Commission– They use volunteers when special events/projects are planned for Downtown. If you want to get involved, email the Downtown Development Manager at TracyMadigan@henderson.nc.gov.
- Maria Parham Health - Contact Mrs. Seifert to find out about current volunteer programs.
- McGregor Hall– Interested in the performing arts? McGregor Hall has an active volunteer group. You can help with concessions, box office, scanning tickets/ushers, or even painting sets if you want to help prepare for productions. Details and the volunteer application are available at https://www.mcgregorhall.org/volunteer.
- Perry Memorial Library in Henderson– Join the “Friends of the Library”. This is the group that provides volunteers and funding for special library programs and needs. https://www.perrylibrary.org/about-us/friends
- Salvation Army in Henderson– Always need volunteers to help with the after school club (open until 6pm). Contact Gina Ease with the Red Shield Club at (252) 438-7107 to learn more. Can also use volunteers at the Family Store (closes at 4pm on weekdays, but open on Saturdays).
- Vance County Teen Court– Student and adult volunteers provide an alternative system of justice which encourages youth to take responsibility for their actions and correct their mistakes. The youth offender is defended and prosecuted by their peers, student volunteers. Meets every Tuesday 4:30-6:00 pm at 500 N Beckford Drive, Suite A in Henderson. Through hands-on experience you will learn about the justice system, provide a service to our community, and get great experience to add to a resume. Darius Pitt is the Teen Court Coordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org.
- YMCA– Their volunteer application is available online athttps://hendersonymca.org/get-involved
- Warren County– Here is the website to learn about volunteer opportunities with Warren County government -https://www.warrencountync.com/652/Volunteer.
Churches, nursing homes, nonprofits, and any organizations that work with kids (gyms, summer camps, etc) are all good places to check for volunteer opportunities too! You aren't limited to what's on this list. Pick a cause that is important to you and find a way to get involved.