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3 Easy Ways to Get Community Service Hours


By Paige Holmes


Most high schools require students to complete a certain amount of community service hours. Unfortunately, a lot of students don't know where to start when it comes to volunteer work, but there are quite a few organizations always on the lookout for willing volunteers.

1. Feeding America

Feeding America is a nationwide organization that is dedicated to making sure no American goes hungry. They serve communities via local food banks, and 1 in every 7 Americans has received food from Feeding America. There are over 200 food bank locations all around the country, and volunteers make up a large part of their workforce. You can use this link to find the food bank closest to you:

2. Animal Shelters

Animal shelters have a tough job taking care of a community's unwanted pets. They're under constant strain caring for the pets that they have while trying to get them adopted by responsible families and dealing with new arrivals. As a result, volunteers are always wanted and greatly appreciated! You can Google local animal shelters in your area to see how and when you can help them.

3. Volunteer Websites

If you don't know what organizations in your community are currently looking for volunteers, there are a couple websites that are dedicated to finding volunteer opportunities that would be a good match for you based on age, interest, time commitment, and other factors. VolunteerMatch is a website that finds available volunteering areas based on your location and where you'd like to help. Create the Good is a similar website, with a search tool that helps you find community service near you.

Kelly Peeler