A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site offers lots of opportunities for teens interested in volunteering in their own communities. Registration is not required, but doing so includes additional features such as email alerts, newsletters, and the ability to create your own volunteer resume.
What's it about?
VOLUNTEER MATCH links teens with community service opportunities that match their interests, availability, and expertise. Listings run the gamut from tutoring, donating toys, serving meals to the homeless, or even hosting an exchange student. The site also offers a variety of virtual volunteer opportunities kids can do online, as well as listings of nonprofits and businesses that need volunteers.
Is it any good?
Volunteering has never been so easy, and in these tough times, more necessary. Volunteer Match takes the toil and intimidation out of signing up for service. Easy-to-use tools like email alerts, time-tracking, and a personal volunteering resume support kids' efforts by helping them stay organized -- which in turn will help them stay committed.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of volunteering and how the Internet has made it so much easier for those looking for ways to help. Do you think all Web sites are safe when it comes to finding volunteering opportunities?
What are some safe practices you should use when talking to people or sharing information online?
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