This is an official challenge to all high school students looking for ways to earn their volunteer hours — why not consider finding ways to earn your hours within your own communities?
For those of you who may not be familiar with this concept from your own school days, Winnipeg high school students are now required to put in a minimum number of volunteer hours in order to graduate. The magic number for most students is 40 hours over four years.
Volunteering is the backbone of many important organizations in our city. My family has had the privilege of volunteering at both Siloam Mission and Winnipeg Harvest. Both of these were rewarding experiences and fantastic causes to devote time to.
As they research places to volunteer, I’d like to encourage students to think outside the box and look for places within their immediate communities for volunteer experience as well.
Intentionally finding ways to give back to your own neighbourhoods may lead to some positive connections in the process.
Perhaps there is a local community club desperate for some volunteer labour, a neighbour who could benefit from some spring clean-up or a local nursing home in need of a helping hand.
Seek out ways to serve and see if you can’t find some unique opportunities to earn your hours, and revitalize your community in the process.
Kelley Sookram is a community correspondent for St. James-Assiniboia.