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Calling All Good Samaritans: Introducing Palm Beach County’s Volunteer Opportunities

Calling All Good Samaritans: Introducing Palm Beach County’s Volunteer Opportunities

Across Palm Beach County, various volunteer opportunities are available for teens. Whether it be affiliated with Olympic Heights or a county-wide organization, high school students have a variety of opportunities to help their community and gain service hours.

Annually, the Alzheimer’s Association holds an event that provides high school students with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s. Students can educate those of all origins on the importance of dementia, and, most importantly, provide support to participants at the main event, A Walk to End Alzheimer’s. With students’ help, “an impact in the lives of more than 6 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s and their over 11 million caregivers” can be possible, according to Volunteer with the Alzheimer’s Association. The walk takes place annually in November.  For more information, click here

Additionally, Big Dog Ranch Rescue, a “cage-free, no-kill dog rescue,” provides teens in search of volunteer opportunities a chance to save rescued, and possibly harmed animals, and find them a forever home. According to Big Dog Ranch Rescue, with a simple application, volunteers 16 years and older can volunteer alone, while volunteers 8 to 15 years old must have the presence of an adult. Volunteer work includes walking dogs, maintaining proper order within the kennel, and assisting with greeting and gatekeeping.  To learn more about Big Dog Ranch Rescue, click here

At Olympic Heights, Ellen Elstein, Reading Department Chair, is hosting the fifth annual Holiday Toy Drive in support of Teens of Pink Ribbon. Beginning November 1 and ending December 16, Olympic Heights students will be rewarded 10 community service hours for each unwrapped new toy, stuffed animal, book, and game for children ages 6 months to teenagers they collect. “The purpose of the Teens of Pink Ribbon Holiday Toy Drive is to bring some joy to kids fighting cancer at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital,” Elstein commented. “Through our service project, we hope the children at Joe DiMaggio can have one day where they forget about their battle with cancer and get to enjoy the gifts of the holiday season.”

To support Palm Beach County residents experiencing homelessness, The Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County is collecting donations to provide these individuals with the daily necessities they need to work towards living a nourished and fulfilled life. Additionally, this organization is looking for volunteers to not only collect items, but also sort and organize the donations they collect. “Items [needed] include housewares, linens, toys, clothing, warm welcome kits, bikes, small appliances, small furniture and more.” Currently, items that are crucial and of high necessity include shaving cream, deodorant, a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and hand sanitizer.

The Palm Beach County Library System holds a variety of teen events to provide “rewarding opportunities for individuals who are passionate about books, learning, and community engagement.High school volunteers will assist in the shelving of books, organization of materials, and location and access of helpful information. Additionally, The Palm Beach County Library System hosts a Reading Buddies program, “designed to give kids in grades K-5 extra reading practice one-on-one, or in a group setting, with a Teen Buddy” in hopes of educating children as to the importance of becoming a reader. To become a part of this program, in-person volunteers can submit an application to apply for this volunteer position.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Palm Beach County has a multitude of volunteer positions available for high school students. In utilizing these resources, students can assist in helping organizations throughout their community in making Palm Beach County, overall, a better place to live!

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    Julia Andrade XavierJan 11, 2024 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve been searching for more volunteer work, and this article will certainly help me. Great work!

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    HayleyJan 10, 2024 at 2:34 pm

    it’s great that they want to help out.

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    Tabassum ChowdhuryJan 10, 2024 at 1:06 pm

    I love how many opportunities this article provides! Really great.

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    MadisonJan 10, 2024 at 12:03 pm

    Great work!

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    alexaJan 10, 2024 at 11:58 am

    As someone who actively does volunteer work, this is very informative.

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    Tori ScaglioneJan 10, 2024 at 11:55 am

    This is so good!

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    Auryanna floresJan 10, 2024 at 11:55 am

    Really good article.

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    SkyJan 10, 2024 at 11:53 am

    Loved this story, had fun reading!

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    SkyJan 10, 2024 at 11:52 am

    Really cool! Great read.

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    Angelina MagnayeJan 10, 2024 at 11:51 am

    Very helpful! More students should know about these volunteer opportunities!

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    Ayleen GalantiniJan 10, 2024 at 11:49 am

    I love this. It’s amazing how a whole community can come together and do some good.

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  • S

    SantiagoJan 10, 2024 at 11:49 am

    This is such a well written article

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    AriJan 10, 2024 at 11:48 am

    Thanks for the opportunities for hours!

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    jack murrayDec 13, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    This is SO good. Keep up the great work Madison:)

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