School is out or almost out for most of the young people in Alexandria and summer is a time to relax, have fun and help others. Alexandria has a tremendous need for volunteers at a myriad of places around the city. Some tasks are short-term and only need a few hours of work while other volunteering projects are ongoing. Volunteer Alexandria, your local Resource for Volunteerism, is a one-stop shop to finding a great opportunity for all ages starting as young as 8 years old. Volunteers are needed to maintain our parks, assist with special events tasks, perform customer service duties, help with incoming donations, gardening, and tutor and mentor a child. Furthermore, summer is a great time to do an internship with a local nonprofit organization to learn about leadership, business, development, problem solving, and much more.
 
In addition to earn community service hours, volunteering has a lot of benefits for children and youth. Children and youth develop compassion as they learn the value of giving to others. They learn to recognize and appreciate the goodness in their own lives. Volunteering encourages children to do things they're good at, as well as things they want to learn about. Moving beyond their comfort zone and learning new skills encourages self-confidence. Furthermore, they discover their inner strengths and life skills when they volunteer. Teamwork, cooperation, tolerance and problem solving help them to cope with the daily challenges they encounter in their own lives. Volunteering provides an opportunity to meet a range of different people from totally different backgrounds, and to make new friends. It enhances their emotional development and fosters socializing and communication skills.
 
Children and youth learn what it means to be a valued member of a community. Growing into adulthood with a greater sense of social responsibility makes them more likely to volunteer throughout their lives. More importantly, volunteering in early age contributes to be the next generation of change makers! Why not start NOW and help others during your time off?
Learn more and see ongoing volunteer opportunities.