Many high schools require that students fulfill a fixed amount of service hours to be able to graduate (mine requires 300!), and they do this for several reasons. First, having volunteer hours on your diploma shows your future employers or the admission staff at schools that you apply to that you are dedicated to bettering the community, and improving the well being of others. Another reason is that volunteering your time within the community shows colleges and jobs that you’re a well rounded individual, and you would be a good fit for that school or position. Typically, it’s best that these hours are spent either helping the community in a measurable way, or showing support to important causes, but if you have another way to help the community, go for it!
Often, schools will offer significant scholarships to students who have worked toward change in their communities, or contributed significant time to the volunteer workforce. So, even if your school doesn’t make community service a requirement, it’s still a very valuable way to spend your time, and most of the time it’s fun too! There are tons of community service opportunities in your community that would be perfect for your interests; lucky for you, we’re here to help you find them.