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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Find Ways to Help your Community

Volunteering

 

There are many volunteering opportunities in the Bay Area for community service. The activities can range from cleaning up the Bay projects to helping out in a food bank to supply food to people. It seems that there are also virtual volunteering opportunities to tutor students every week for at least 90 minutes.  Since it is the New Year now, it’s time to get off with a great start on your service hours. Here are a few tips and encouragement from Mr Hanson.


Mr Hanson is the college, career and financial aid advisor for SMHS. He says that when “students are looking for volunteering opportunities but aren’t sure where to start or how to get involved, I would suggest that they think about what interests them and what are they passionate about.” “The volunteering you do, whatever amount it comes out to, should be something that you want to do,” said Mr Hanson.  

Mr Hanson believes in this by saying that “a student interested joining the medical field one day might gain a lot of valuable experience volunteering at a hospital… in sports might find volunteering opportunities through a local youth sports league.”  He encourages that even if a “website doesn’t list volunteer opportunities, you can call them up and ask and they can find a way for you to get involved.”

So can service hours help out with your college application? Mr Hanson’s answer was a definite yes. “It helps a school see that you are someone who is interested in helping to make your community a better place… wants to see that you don’t just come to school, do well in your classes, go home to study, and do nothing else.” Instead,  “they want people who are involved in things outside of their academic pursuits because these are the type of people likely to get involved at college.”

Mr Hanson emphasizes that a student shouldn’t have a set number of hours such as 1000 service hours. He emphasizes again the importance that the “volunteering you do, whatever amount it comes out to, should be something that you want to do.” “Schools want to see students that have demonstrated interests that they invest their time and energy to,” explains Mr Hanson.  Furthermore, “ when schools look at your volunteer hours they can tell the student who consistently volunteered four hours a month at something she really felt passionate about versus the student who did 100 hours in a one week overseas trip with no other volunteering in her time at high school.”

But what if you seriously don’t have time to volunteer because you need to make money for your family? Mr Hanson says that “ schools are understanding that some students may have circumstances that prevent them from volunteering. “ “For example, we have some students who have to work after school and on weekends to help with the bills at home.”  “By the time these students do homework, they don’t have time to volunteer or participate in school activities… students will take an opportunity to let the schools know, typically through the essay that they will write.”

 

If you want to find or learn more about volunteering opportunities, students can go to the Career Center. Ms Kane keeps track of many volunteering opportunities in the area which would help if you don’t have an internet connection at home to do research on volunteering opportunities. Students can also log their hours online on this website: https://docs.google.com/a/smuhsd.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScEXAYLf6hMUT0G8AHvk5AgZTBOIqtgb7P4GXliVSzZ-eULGw/viewform?c=0&w=1.   

 

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