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How to Help Students Achieve Volunteer Hours for School with #Do1Give Day

Share Happiness!

#Do1Give Day is coming – April 27th – and one way to spread happiness is to encourage students to volunteer. Students can achieve their volunteer hours while participating in #Do1Give Day – it’s a win for everyone!

Volunteer Hours are Important for Students

Volunteering is an excellent way for students to make a positive impact in their community and to gain valuable experience that can benefit them both personally and professionally. Many schools require students to complete a certain number of volunteer hours in order to graduate, or to gain honour roll status or to achieve certain awards. Even if it is not for a certain reward, volunteering still plays a crucial role in a student’s development for many reasons.

Volunteering is a great way for students to develop important life skills such as

  • leadership,
  • communication, and
  • problem-solving.

These skills are essential for success in any career, and volunteering can give students the opportunity to develop them in a real-world setting. For example, a student who volunteers at a local food bank may have to work with other volunteers, communicate with clients, and problem-solve issues that arise in the course of their work.

Volunteer experiences can help the students to

  • build confidence,
  • develop critical thinking skills, and
  • gain practical experience that they can apply in future endeavors.

Volunteering can help students to build their resume and stand out in the competitive job market. Many employers are looking for candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to their community and who have developed valuable skills through volunteer work. By volunteering, students can show potential employers that they are motivated, responsible, and have a diverse range of experiences that make them well-rounded candidates for employment. In addition, volunteering can help students to explore different career paths and gain a better understanding of their interests and strengths. Read more on why students should volunteer. 

Tips for Helping Students Achieve Their Volunteer Goals

Sometimes, students need a little help in finding volunteer opportunities. #Do1Give Day is a great reason to help as many students as possible to volunteer in some way for at least one day. If they have a good experience, or feel good about themselves after one day, maybe they will continue to volunteer on their own or find other opportunities to continue to feel good about giving back and helping others.

Here are some ways to help students achieve their volunteer goals

  1. Start Early: Encourage students to start volunteering as early as possible. Not only does this give them more time to accumulate the required number of hours, but it also helps to build a habit of community involvement that can last a lifetime. Additionally, starting early can give students the opportunity to try different types of volunteer work and find a cause or organization that they are truly passionate about.
  2. Find a Cause or Organization That Aligns with Their Interests: It is important for students to find volunteer work that they enjoy and feel passionate about. This can help to keep them motivated and engaged in their volunteer work. Encourage students to research different causes and organizations that align with their interests and values, and to reach out to those organizations to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
  3. Use Online Resources: There are many online resources that can help students find volunteer opportunities in their community. Websites such as VolunteerMatch.org and Idealist.org allow students to search for volunteer opportunities based on their location and interests. Additionally, many schools have volunteer coordinators or career centers that can provide information and assistance with finding volunteer opportunities.
  4. Make a Plan: Encourage students to create a plan for achieving their volunteer goals. This plan should include a timeline for completing the required number of hours, as well as a list of organizations and volunteer opportunities that they are interested in pursuing. Having a plan can help students to stay organized and focused and can make the process of finding volunteer work feel less overwhelming.
  5. Network: Encourage students to network with other volunteers and professionals in their field of interest. This can help them to learn about new volunteer opportunities, gain insights into different organizations and causes, and build valuable relationships that may be helpful in the future.

Volunteer hours are an important part of a student’s development and can provide valuable experience and skills that can benefit them both personally and professionally. By encouraging students to start early, find volunteer work that aligns with their interests, use online resources, make a plan, and network, you can be a valuable partner helping students learn the joy and rewards of volunteering.

Encourage your students to

  1. DOCUMENT – their hours to keep track of their experience as well as monitor their progress to share with others
  2. SHARE their experiences with others to encocurage more students to volunteer
  3. BE CREATIVE – if you can’t find a perfect volunteer opportunity, create one. If your student is a musician, reach out to a senior centre and see if they can perform for the residents. If your student is an artist, volunteer at a preschool or for a community mural project.

Volunteer work can be a rewarding experience, so share it with others! Talk to your friends and family about the work you’re doing and encourage them to get involved as well. EVERYONE can participate in #Do1Give Day, so encourage everyone to join you on April 27th this year.

students volunteerting for #Do1Give Day

Volunteer work is a great way for students to gain valuable experience and make a positive impact on their communities. Students can achieve their volunteer hours necessary for school, rewards, or their resume and make a difference in the world at the same time. Remember, volunteer work is not just about completing hours, but about making a lasting impact on those around you.

Join 365give and participate in #Do1Give Day this year! Visit here for more ideas and inspiration to help spread happiness.



Tammy Lawrence
Tammy Lawrence
Tammy is a founding member of our Board of Directors at 365give and, after years in non-profit, she currently works from home as a freelance writer while raising her kids. Always passionate about children and youth and giving back to the community, Tammy found a perfect fit with 365give. “I love being part of a global movement that is creating a society where people feel good about themselves through giving back.”

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