As a teen volunteer, you gain knowledge and experience that will help you during your lifetime. Community service not only looks good on college applications, but can assist you in landing a future job. So, get out there and do something!
Check out these 10 volunteer opportunities for teens in the Greater Toledo area:
1. Toledo Zoo - The ZOOTeen program is for students between the ages of 13 and 17 who are interested in education, animals and conservation. A commitment of 60 hours per season is required, along with a $50 fee with scholarship opportunities available. Visit ZOOTeen Volunteers to apply or find out more information.
2. Toledo Area Humane Society - If you’re at least 10 years old with an interest in walking dogs and taking care of cats, the Toledo Area Humane Society is for you. Volunteers are asked to commit to 10 hours a month for 6 months and must be accompanied by a parent if under the age of 16. Once your online application is approved, you will receive an invitation to orientation. Click here to start the process.
3. Humane Ohio – Although volunteers must be 18 years old and older, younger teens can volunteer independently by organizing pet food drives for the Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank. Opportunities like making dog beds and cat toys are also needed. Learn more ways you can assist animals in need by visiting Humane Ohio.
4. Toledo’s PET Bull Project – Community teens can assist Toledo’s PET Bull Project staff by helping out around the facility and interacting with the dogs. The teen center acts as a safe space to be productive and also available for playing pool and foosball. Learn more about this fun and friendly environment here.
5. Toledo Area Metroparks – Students between the ages of 14 and 18 can gain leadership skills and earn service credit as a Counselor in Training (CIT) at Metroparks summer camps. For more information, visit MetroparksToledo.com.
6. Toledo-Lucas County Public Library - A library Volunteen is for students 12 years of age and older who are looking to gain work experience, as well as learn about careers in the library field. Training is available and Volunteens have the option of choosing the branch they want to help out at. Fill out a volunteer form online or print one out and take the completed form to your closest branch.
7. Hospice of Northwest Ohio - Join more than 80 teens from area high schools as a Hospice of Northwest Ohio volunteer. Work after school and assist the staff with various tasks, as well as visit patients and their families. Teens must complete 8 hours of orientation and commit to 4 hours per month for 6 months. Call 419-661-4001 for more information or apply here.
8. Leadership Toledo – Each year, 50 high school sophomores are selected by area schools for Youth Leadership Toledo, a 9 month program that allows them to act as leaders and complete improvement projects around the community. As juniors and seniors, those students can then move onto Youth In Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence (YIPEE) and raise funds for others in need. Freshman can contact their schools to express interest in joining the program for the next school year. Visit Leadership Toledo to learn more about these programs.
9. United Way – Students age 14 and older can become United Way Ambassadors and assist with projects around the community. United Way has partnered with Toledo Grows and currently seeking new volunteers to work on an urban farm. Teens under 18 must have a parent present and no long-term commitment is required. Potential Ambassadors can sign-up here.
10. American Red Cross – Teens can gain medical, office and disaster relief experience as a Red Cross Youth Volunteer. There are several different types of volunteer opportunities available for teens at various skill levels and backgrounds. Teens under the age of 18 and not involved in the Red Cross Club can call 419-329-2741 with questions or fill-out an application here.
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