November 2016


Make a Difference in the Life of a Child Through Education

Do you love tennis and/or education? Are you looking for an educational volunteer opportunity where you can make a difference in the life of a child that is less fortunate than most? Norwalk Grassroots Tennis & Education (NGTE) has many ways for people to get involved with the community they serve. In addition to teaching tennis to build confidence and leadership in young people, NGTE offers educational services to under-resourced students in Norwalk, CT.


Share ONE, Give ONE

The holiday season is time for giving and a chance to celebrate traditions. Do you have a volunteer tradition during the holiday season or a memory of one? Is it something you do alone or does it involve family and friends? Volunteer Square wants to know! In 150 words or less, tell us about your holiday volunteer tradition and why it’s important to you. For every story, we receive we will pay it forward by giving one hour of service to a non-profit in need.

Here’s how it works:

Share a volunteer tradition you and/or your family have during the holiday season. For each submission received, the Volunteer Square team will donate one hour of service to an agency who has a current posting on our site. All accepted submissions will be posted live on our website site as inspiration for those looking to start their own holiday volunteer tradition and to celebrate the outstanding service of our Volunteer Square community as 2016 comes to a close.

And The Winners Are...

The 4th Annual Volunteer Square Essay Contest, in partnership with Hearst Connecticut Media, has come to a close. We received a record number of essays this year. Students representing 19 high schools in Connecticut submitted essays expressing what volunteering means in their lives. A big thank you to the members of the Volunteer Square Advisory board and staff from Hearst Connecticut Media for reviewing all the submissions, it was a very difficult decision to make this year. We would also like to thank Darien Rowayton Bank for sponsoring the 3rd place prize again this year.

And now, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce the 2016 High School Essay Contest Winners!

Benefits for Teen Volunteers

There are less than 7 hours left to submit an essay to our Annual High School Essay Contest. Submissions will be accepted until 11:59pm Monday, November 7th. To enter the contest, the tell us in 500 words or less "What Community Volunteering Means to You?"Rules and requirements can be found here, we can’t wait to hear from you!

As the Essay contest comes to a close, we thought we would repost a September blog that features the Top 5 Benefits for Teens Volunteers. We hope that teens will continue to volunteer and make an impact in their communities. Check it out the list of benefits and get involved today!