Volunteer programs that are good for teens include Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, the Special Olympics, the Guidepost Sweater Project and many local and state programs offered by food banks, hospitals and state parks. Teens also find opportunities through organizations like the United Way and the Red Cross.
In addition to allowing teens to offer service to those in need, nationally recognized programs are easily identified by most colleges. Local programs offer connections to community leaders and organizers, and they allow teens to work closely with people near their homes.
The United Way, Red Cross and many other groups create large networks of both local and national alternatives. They also have many tools to help teen volunteers connect with these alternatives, and they can provide solutions to logistics issues teens may face, such as transportation and scheduling.