Community volunteer opportunities for teens typically include delivering mail to hospital patients, picking up litter, doing manicures at senior centers, and serving meals on Thanksgiving at shelters or soup kitchens. Relay for Life and other events need volunteers to dispense water bottles, assist with registrations, and help clean up venues after the event. Indirect services include collecting for local food banks and donating clothing, accessories and books to shelters or other service-oriented non-profit organizations.
To offer services to the elderly, teens can rake leaves, shovel snow, do household tasks or teach computer skills. Teens with strong academic skills may tutor other students or volunteer to teach English for speakers of other languages. Teachers and organizations are good contacts for teen volunteers looking for people who need assistance.
The American Red Cross blood drives generally utilize teen volunteers to arrange appointments, serve as greeters or escorts, serve refreshments and make thank-you cards for blood donors. Teens may clean emergency vehicles and take disaster preparedness training classes. The Red Cross may also seek volunteers to distribute holiday mail for deployed military service members and participate in cookie drives for their families.
Red Cross clubs, internships, international services and other volunteer activities include teaching younger students how to use Red Cross apps. Activity guides help teens inform and educate youth groups, classes and other groups regarding how volunteers and donors support the mission of the American Red Cross.