Volunteering is providing assistance to improve the quality of life for people in the community through personal, cultural, environmental, or civic involvement. Community experiences can help students apply their knowledge and skills, develop workplace skills, and gain valuable life experience. Students who volunteer will also gain a network of important community contacts willing to help them reach some of their personal and professional goals. Community experiences can also help students foster a sense of caring for others.
Students may also be involved in community or service activities throughout high school. This may be in the form of class or club activities such as food drives, tutoring younger students or coordinating events that promote community goodwill. Whatcom Volunteer Center has a great web site to help students coordinate volunteer experiences: www.whatcomvolunteer.org