Letting your teenager do volunteer work at an early age is an excellent way to teach them the importance of giving back to the community. Volunteer work also gives teens the opportunity to shadow people in different professions and prepares them for the working world. Since a lot of volunteer opportunities are geared toward adults, it is sometimes hard to find volunteer work just for teens. There are volunteer opportunities out there for teens, and below are just a couple of the teen volunteer opportunities in the Greenville, South Carolina, area.
Greenville Literacy Association
The Greenville Literacy Association has volunteer opportunities for high school aged teens such as the Family Literacy Volunteer opportunity. This type of volunteer work entails working with kids whose parents take literacy classes at the Greenville Literacy Association. As a Family Literacy Volunteer, your teen would create fun learning activities for these kids. See the website www.greenvilleliteracy.org for more information about this exciting volunteer opportunity.
If your teen is comfortable working around animals, then the zoo is just the place for them to volunteer. The Greenville Zoo has volunteer opportunities for teens as young as fourteen years of age such as the volunteer work in the education department, the gift shop, and the concessions stand. As an education department volunteer, your teen would help answer visitors’ questions about the zoo animals. As a concessions or gift shop volunteer, your teen would volunteer at least 4 hours a day and 8 hours a week working at the snack bar or gift shop. Teens 16 and older can also volunteer with the animal department and zoo office. For more information about volunteering with the Greenville Zoo visit the website www.greenvillezoo.com.
Lapsits for Early Literacy
Lapsits for Early Literacy has various volunteer opportunities for teens, particularly those students who need high school credit for community service projects. At this agency, your teen can sort books as a book warehouse assistant or work with computer spreadsheets and files as an office assistant. Go to the website www.lapsits.org to fill out a volunteer application or call (864) 631-1966.
Volunteer work at the hospital would give teens insight into different medical professions. Teens as young as 15 years of age can volunteer at the St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC. The hospital has a teen volunteer program, and potential volunteers can fill out an application at www.stfrancishealth.org.
American Red Cross
The Greenville County Chapter of the American Red Cross also has a volunteer youth group in which teens can participate. For more information about this volunteer opportunity call (864) 282-8640.