Dear Amy: My class requires that I do five hours of volunteer work in my community this semester. Do you have any ideas about how I can get started? — Jack C., St. Paul, Minnesota
Dear Jack: Volunteer work can be fun! You might begin by making a list of activities you enjoy. For instance, if you have a favorite subject such as math or spelling, you could ask a teacher if you can help tutor students who are struggling in that area.
If you like working outside in winter, volunteer to shovel snow at a local church or school. Do you enjoy taking pictures? You might offer to be the official photographer for an after-school event such as a soccer game or track meet. Do you like working with animals? Your local animal shelter could probably use your help.
Volunteers are always needed somewhere, so speak with your teacher and your parents about opportunities in your community. It is always fun to do these activities as a family or with friends. The important thing to remember is that everyone has different talents, so your volunteer work can be matched to an area that you enjoy.
To see how you can get started, visit kids health.org/en/kids/volunteering.html.
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