https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Volunteering_SVG.svgVolunteering Is a Great Way to Spend Your Summer Trip Apley May 10, 2017 Culture, Local Too young to get a job, or too busy to commit to one? Want to make a difference in your community? Volunteering this summer may be for you! A recent survey of 1,200 U.S. teenagers found that over two-thirds of teens volunteer their time, and that teens who volunteer are happier and more optimistic. Volunteering also helps teens build important leadership skills. All in all, volunteering is a great way to spend your extra time. In the study, teens said their favorite ways to volunteer include feeding the hungry, taking care of animals, and tutoring younger kids. Although 75 percent of teens believe volunteering helps in the college application process, only 10 percent volunteer solely for that reason. Almost a quarter of teens say they don’t volunteer because they do not know how to get started. If this is you, here are a few organizations in Washtenaw County and the Detroit Metropolitan area that need teens this summer. Ann Arbor Rec & Ed From coaching a sports team to helping at summer camps, there are lots of opportunities. Volunteer Page City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation There are many stewardship day opportunities. Volunteer Page Food Gatherers Feeding the hungry is great and this is a fun organization. No parent needed if you are over 14 years old. Volunteer Page Humane Society of Huron Valley There is a $175 training class required, but in the end you get to play with animals. Volunteer Page Huron River Watershed Council There are many science related opportunities to help monitor and protect our rivers. Volunteer Page Leslie Science Center The Leslie Science Center needs volunteers to help with outdoor nature and science summer camps. Volunteer Page Peace Neighborhood Peace Neighborhood is a Skyline favorite because of its close proximity to school. Volunteering here primarily involves after-school tutoring. Volunteer Page St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Teen Volunteer Program This program fills up fast. Applications open May 1st. Volunteer Page Summer in the City, Detroit You can choose to volunteer for only a single day or all summer. Carpools leave daily to Detroit from the Pioneer High School parking lot at 8:30 AM and return around 2:30 PM. You can play, plant or paint. This is a really fun way to spend the summer. The $35 sign-up fee includes a t-shirt. Volunteer Page Michigan Medicine (University of Michigan Health System) The deadline was in April and involves an interview. Mark your calendars for next year. Volunteer Page Washtenaw County United Way The United Way is an extremely important organization in our community that provides basic necessities to many families. Volunteer Page Ann Arbor YMCA YMCA has lots of great opportunities to work with kids in Ann Arbor or at YMCA camps. Volunteer Page These are just some of the great volunteer options in our community. If the listed volunteer opportunities do not really appeal to you, please speak to the Skyline counseling staff about other ideas. As was best said by Winston Churchill: “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Have a great summer! Love 0 000000 Data privacy The next click will forward you to a social network, where your IP address might be saved by the provider.