School is finally out and summer is officially here. During the long, lazy days of summer, it’s tempting to simply relax and unwind after a busy year in school. However, as a high school or college student home for the summer in the Triangle area, you probably have a bit more time on your hands since you're no longer taking class. A great way to fill this free time is by volunteering at a local nonprofit. As well as helping the organization, this can benefit you by adding valuable experience to your resume. Here are a handful of organizations that are looking for volunteers this summer:
Note in the Pocket:
Note in the Pocket is an organization located in downtown Raleigh that provides quality clothing to homeless and impoverished children and families. Note in the Pocket works with Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) social workers and case managers to find individuals in need. So how can you help? Note in the Pocket has a wide variety of volunteer opportunities and ways that you can contribute. As stated on their website, Note in the Pocket welcomes volunteers to their site daily in downtown Raleigh to assist with organizing, sorting, sizing, and packaging clothing for the thousands of clothing requests they receive each year. If you don’t have the time to volunteer in person, you can still contribute to Note in the Pocket by donating clothes that you might be looking to get rid of.
A Place at the Table -
A Place at the Table is a restaurant in downtown Raleigh that aims to provide community and good food for all regardless of means. A Place at the Table is Raleigh’s first pay-what-you-can cafe. You can either pay $3 for a meal or you can volunteer an hour of your time. Maggie Kane, founder of A Place at the Table, wanted to create an alternative to soup kitchens by creating a cafe where people of all means can come and enjoy a quality meal together. You can volunteer by working a shift at the cafe and assist with food preparation, serving, and ringing up customers.
Miracle League -
Miracle League is an organization that aims to provide a positive experience for children and young adults with special needs through the game of baseball. You can volunteer at Miracle League as a buddy or as a coach. Miracle League’s Buddy system pairs each player with a volunteer helper. As a buddy, you’ll be side by side with the players and assist them through the game - batting, playing the field, and running the bases. Buddy training is provided on-site beforehand. You can also volunteer as a coach of a team. This position requires more of a commitment than being a buddy, but it allows you to guide a team through the season and build a strong connection with the players. You can also volunteer by helping with game day operations.
Keeping Durham Beautiful -
Keeping Durham Beautiful is an organization that aims to improve and beautify neighborhoods throughout Durham. As an affiliate of Keeping America Beautiful, the mission of Keeping Durham Beautiful is to to engage and inspire individuals to take greater responsibility for their community environment. If you enjoy the outdoors and value the beauty of God’s earth, this might be the perfect summer volunteer opportunity for you. Keeping Durham Beautiful has a variety of ways to volunteer including litter clean ups, educational workshops, and working in gardens to improve community greening.
There’s no better time to volunteer with a local organization than during the summer! You can use the Triangle Cares website as a platform to explore a wide variety of nonprofit organizations throughout the triangle area and find a volunteer opportunity that you are passionate about. Not only will it be a great addition to your resume, especially if you aren't working during the summer, but it also will make you feel good!
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