What parents need to know
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 kids can learn
- cultural understanding
- global awareness
- personal growth
Responsibility & Ethics
- respect for others
- honoring the community
Engagement, Approach, Support
It's easy for kids to sign up for community service opportunities. Easy-to-use tools support kids' efforts by helping them stay organized -- which in turn will help them stay committed.
Each volunteer opportunity describes a need and sponsoring organization. Depending on kids' interests (animals, hunger, environment, seniors, etc.) they can filter to find the right spot and group.
Some kids may be part of a group looking for volunteers -- they'll find plenty of materials to help with recruitment and training. Additional features include email alerts, newsletters, and the ability to create a 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.
Families can talk 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?