Volunteering option ideas
The end of the third quarter is approaching. Students are stressed, CAS is due April 16 and service hours for Bright Future applications are also coming up. Here are some ideas of volunteering opportunities:
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay
For people that love being around fuzzy friends such as kittens and puppies, The Humane Society offers a daily shift working with the kennel staff to clean the shelter each morning.
The requirement is to be at least 16 years old. “I’ve volunteered at a couple places, but the Humane Society was really my most passionate volunteering opportunity, and that’s the one I’ve really continued to do. I love working there,” sophomore Lauren Novorska said. Learn more at https://humanesocietytampa.org.
The YMCA is a nonprofit organization that focuses on taking an active role in strengthening the community. Among their many facilities and programs, their volunteering opportunities include: greeting members and assisting at the Welcome Center, cleaning and organizing equipments on the Wellness Floor, and more. “My favorite part is meeting new people and seeing them trying to enhance themselves, when they don’t necessarily have to,” sophomore Ian Smith said. Sign up at https://www.ymca.net/volunteer .
The Metropolitan Ministries seeks to ensure families find help when they need it. There are many shifts and possible volunteering opportunities, such as the kitchen, where you can prepare meals, serve the metropolitan ministries residents, stock shelves and more. You can also volunteer helping their clients shop at the Family Outreach Center, rock babies at Promise Land, or help sort through donations received each day. “We get to interact with a lot of people, and I like helping people so it’s a really good time,” sophomore Sophia Wehle said. Sign up at https://www.metromin.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer.
Meals on Wheels
With Meals on Wheels, volunteers can deliver meals and bring nutritious food, visiting people with disabilities and seniors in the community. There are different volunteering opportunities to deliver meals, such as weekly and monthly deliveries working with one other person, with a group, or just by yourself. Visit their website to learn more.