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Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

For high school students, volunteer work of any kind is a laudable pursuit, possessing more than enough intrinsic value to make it worth your time. Yet, dedicating your time to charitable endeavor can also help you to gain real-world experience in an area of academic and/or career interest. Perhaps you have an academic/career interest in healthcare, computer science, education, helping people with disabilities, animal rights, community organizing, assisting developing nations, conservationism, politics, history, or eldercare support. No matter your passion, there is likely a perfect volunteering opportunity out there for you—there’s just that tiny matter of finding it.

College Transitions’ list of Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students is designed to help with you search by highlighting nationwide organizations that work with American teens from coast to coast. Of course, local opportunities can be located via your guidance counselor, word-of-mouth, or by utilizing any of the various search databases that assist with location-specific hunts. In the list that follows, we highlight whether each organization has opportunities that are in-person or virtual. Additionally, we have categorized the volunteer roles based not just on the type of organization but also, when applicable, the skill demands associated with the position (e.g. doing web development for an animal adoption group would be both “Animal Welfare” and “Computer Science”). Lastly, we list any available eligibility requirements; some organizations accept 9th graders (or younger) while others are open only to 18-year-olds (presumably seniors).

 

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OrganizationVirtual/In-PersonCategoryEligibility
Alzheimer's AssociationIn-PersonHealthVaries
American Cancer SocietyBothHealthHigh School
American Heart AssociationBothHealthHigh School
American Red Cross YouthBothHealthk-12
AmericaresBothHealthHigh School
Americorps - YouthBuildIn-PersonHousing16 years old
Amnesty InternationalBothHuman RightsHigh School
ASPCAIn-PersonAnimal Rights/Welfare16 years old
Be My EyesVirtualDisability Support17 years old
BenetechBothTechnology/Disability SupportN/A
Best BuddiesBothDisability Supportk-12
Big Brothers, Big Sisters - School ProgramIn-PersonLeadership/Mentoring16, 17 (with parent permission)
BookshareVirtualDisability Support/Literacy15 years old
Boys and Girls Clubs of AmericaIn-PersonEducation/MentoringVaries by location
Bridges to Community (Central America)In-PersonInternational Service15-18 years old
Broadreach Global Summer AdventuresIn-PersonInternational ServiceMiddle and High School
Children's National Health SystemIn-PersonHealth18 (seniors only)
Code for Social GoodVirtualMultiple/Computer ScienceN/A
Crisis Text LineVirtualMental Health18 (seniors only), need references
DonateCodeVirtualMultiple/Computer ScienceN/A
Feeding AmericaBothHunger12 years old
Girls Who CodeIn-PersonEducation/Computer Science18 years old (seniors only)
Global Leadership AdventuresIn-PersonInternational Service14-18 years old
Global RoutesIn-PersonInternational Service9th-12th grade
Global Vision InternationalBothInternational/Sustainable Development15-17, 18 for some trips
Global VolunteersIn-PersonInternational Service18 (without parent)
Goodwill Industries InternationalIn-PersonMentoring/Donations/Fundrasining16 years old
Habitat for HumanityIn-PersonShelter/Construction15/16 years old
International Volunteer HQIn-PersonInternational Service16 years old
Learning AllyBothDisability SupportHigh School
Learn To Be TutoringVirtualTutoringHigh School
Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyBothFundraising/Leadership/AdvocacyHigh School
Meals on WheelsIn-PersonHunger/Edlercare18 years old (seniors only)
National ArchivesVirtualHistory/Archival WorkHigh School
National Area Health Education Center OrganizationIn-PersonHealthGrades 9-12
National Multiple Sclerosis SocietyBothHealth/AdvocacyHigh School
National Park ServiceIn-PersonConservation/EnvironmentUnder 18 needs parent permission
Operation GratitudeIn-PersonMilitaryAge 13 and up
Peace Players InternationalIn-PersonAthletics/Diplomacy18 (for opportunities abroad)
Projects AbroadIn-PersonInternational Service15 years old
Reading is FundamentalIn-PersonLiteracy/Education14 years old
Rock the VoteBothPoliticsHigh School
Rotary Club - InteractIn-PersonLeadership/Health/Sustainable DevelopmentAges 12 to 18
School on WheelsIn-PersonLiteracy/EducationUnder 16 needs to be with parent
Special OlympicsIn-PersonDisablity SupportHigh School
Student Environmental Action CoalitionIn-PersonConservation/Environment/AdvocacyHigh School
TechGirlzIn-PersonComputer Science/EducationHigh School
TED Talk TranslatorsVirtualForeign LanguageBilingual
TeensGive.orgVirtualEducation9th grade
The Humane SocietyIn-PersonAnimal Rights/Welfare16 years old
The Salvation ArmyIn-PersonHunger/Disaster Relief/RehabilitationVaries by location
Translators Without BordersVirtualForeign LanguageBilingual
Uganda Village ProjectIn-PersonInternational Service/Public Health18 (seniors only)
UNICEFBothHealth/Advocacy13 years old
United Nations VolunteersIn-PersonInternational Service18 (seniors only)
United PlanetIn-PersonInternational Service15-17 for some programs, or 18
United WayIn-PersonHunger, Disaster Relief, EducationAll ages
USDA Earth Team VolunteersIn-PersonConservation/Environment14 years old
Veterans AffairsIn-PersonVeterans/Health/OT/PTHigh School
Volunteering JourneysIn-PersonInternational Service17 years old
YMCAIn-PersonEducation/Athletics/Leadership14 years old
Youth Volunteer CorpsIn-PersonEducation/Health/Arts & CultureAge 11-18
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