October 2017

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High School Mission to New Mexico

We are TWO DAYS AWAY from accepting submissions for our 5th Annual High School Essay Contest. As we lead up to the contest, we have been re-posting some blogs written by our high school interns. We hope these will inspire high school students in CT to send a submission to the Essay Contest and share with us "Why volunteering and making an impact on your community is important to you?" Note: Submissions will ONLY be accepted November 1st - November 8th. To learn more about the essay contest or volunteer opportunities in your community, visit our site today and sign up to receive custom emails when opportunities are posted. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!

On a Mission for School Break - By Cristina Ludwig, Milford CT

Teen Volunteering at McKinley Elementary School

As we get closer to accepting submissions for our 5th Annual High School Essay Contest we will be re-posting some blogs written by our high school interns. We hope these will inspire high school students in CT to send a submission to the Essay Contest and share with us "Why volunteering and making an impact on your community is important to you?" Note: Submissions will ONLY be accepted November 1st - November 8th. To learn more about the essay contest or volunteer opportunities in your community, visit our site today and sign up to receive custom emails when opportunities are posted. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram too!

Volunteering at McKinley School by Julia Haskins, Lauralton Hall class of 2018

The Wakeman Outreach Program at McKinley School provides after-school programs for McKinley Elementary School’s diverse student population and volunteer opportunities for high school students. The program strives to improve students’ social skills, general wellness/fitness, and academic performance.

October Volunteer of the Month

“It’s not about having time, it’s about making time to give back to the community,” this is Brandi Davis’ motto. Nominated by SilverSource, Inc., Brandi makes time to help others, and we are thrilled to honor her as our October Volunteer of the Month.

Born and raised in Stamford, CT, Brandi started volunteering at a youthful age by aiding her sister with paper routes. A full-time medical receptionist at Stamford Hospital and Post-Bac Pre-Med student, she makes time to volunteer for causes that are close to her heart. In 2014, Brandi began volunteering for Stamford Hospital in the Patient Services area. Her shifts consisted of floating through the ER checking on patients, offering snacks, water, reading material and giving updates to family members. It was through this volunteer assignment that she got her job as a medical receptionist.

Top Five Benefits for Teen Volunteers

Teen volunteering is on our minds as we move closer to accepting submissions for our 5th Annual Teen Essay Contest.  CT high school students, tell us in 500 words or less "Why volunteering and making an impact on your community is important to you?” Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, November 1, 2017, through Wednesday, November 8, 2017. Click here for contest rules and regulations and visit VolunteerSquare.com for more info.

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!

Volunteer Square 5th Annual High School Essay Contest

Volunteer Square is thrilled to kick off our 5th annual high school essay contest in partnership with our friends at Hearst Connecticut Media. The essay contest invites high school students in Connecticut to tell us "Why volunteering and making an impact on their community is important?"

VolunteerSquare.com, a free tool that connects volunteers with nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, is committed to providing programs for young people and encouraging high school students to get involved in their communities. 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.

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