September 2016


Top Five Benefits for Teen Volunteers


Volunteering has a powerful and positive effect on young people. It prepares them for college and job placement, as well as improves their overall well-being. To encourage teens to get involved we put together a list of the Top 5 Benefits for Teen Volunteers. We hope it inspires you to get started today!

Learn a new skill, explore career options and work with people who will share their knowledge with you. Absorb everything you can about the agency you are volunteering for and the services they provide.

What Does Community Service Mean To You? Volunteer Square Launches Teen Essay Contest

Volunteer Square is thrilled to kick off our annual high school essay contest in partnership with our good friends at Hearst Connecticut Media. The essay contest invites high school students in Fairfield County to tell us what community service means to them. is a free tool that connects volunteers with nonprofits organizations in Connecticut. We are committed to expanding our presence in Fairfield County, as well as our youth volunteer base. We believe the energy and enthusiasm high school students bring to a project, combined with their drive to work hard and give back, are essential components to building stronger volunteer communities.

Start a Volunteer Tradition

Starting a tradition has many benefits. Traditions help us stay connected to family and friends, teach practical skills and values, create memories and strengthen bonds. Is your family looking to start a tradition of volunteering? How about your book club, faith community or school? Group volunteer traditions are a fun way to spend time with people you care about while making a difference in the lives of others.

Balancing School and Service

School is back in session and it's a busy time of year for young people. Students are busy with homework, projects, and preparing to complete the service hours required by their school. Volunteer agencies and schools are supportive of student volunteers and will be flexible to accommodate their schedules. The key for students to making this work is balance and creativity. We put together a list of a few things to get your started and hopefully help to set you up for a successful year of school and service.