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Doing Community Service While In High School

Not many high school students are thinking whether or not they should be doing some kind of extra curricular activity to enhance their school portfolios. The truth is that they should be if they are considering attending College. Whether it is a larger University or a Community College, students should try to have the best background possible when it comes to filling out College applications. For example, take two students and one student has great grades but nothing else, there are no sports, no clubs or community activities. Then you have a student with good grades but has done extra work aside from schooling. The school board of the College that they want to attend may favor the student with the good grades and the extras as opposed to the student with just the great grades.


This doesnít mean that you have to use up all of your pare time playing sports or joining every club that your high school offers. A great way to enhance your background to perform some community services. There are so many great ways to help out your community. You can donate as much time as you have to give. Many organizations would welcome just a few hours a week. If this sounds like something you are interested in but donít know where to get started, we can help. Start by making a list of things that you want to do. There are many great places to work and help the community without a special skill.

Letís start with how much time you want to dedicate to the organization. You should keep in mind that this should be something that you want to do and not something that you feel obligated to do. Once the community service starts to become a chore, you will not want to continue and those who have counted on you will be the ones who suffer. So realistically, think of how much time you want to give. Maybe a couple of hours a few times a week or maybe half a weekend day. What ever you choose will be helpful but make sure that it is something that you can commit to.

Then take a look online at organizations in your community such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity. These organizations are based on people who are able to give their time to those people who really need it. You can volunteer at your local hospital or nursing homes. You can offer your time to read and play with sick children in the hospital. It can even be as simple as going doortodoor and asking neighbors if they need help with shopping, baby sitting, lawn care etc. Then you can ask for letters of recommendation after a few months. These are just as good as working for places like the Red Cross. Talk to your guidance counselor at school and see if they can help you choose something that will make a difference in the community and help get you started on that great College resume.
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