November 2017

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Share ONE, Give ONE is Back!

The holiday season is time for giving and a chance to celebrate traditions. Last year we started a Volunteer Square tradition with the Share ONE, Give ONE campaign. We loved reading all the stories that came in last holiday season and we had a great time giving back the volunteer hours in 2017. We are excited to launch the Share ONE, Give ONE campaign again for the holiday season and we look forward to reading your stories and giving back hours in 2018!

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 our interns give back one hour of service.

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 interns will give back one hour of service in 2018.  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 2017 comes to a close.

5th Annual High School Essay Contest WINNERS

The 5th Annual Volunteer Square Essay Contest, in partnership with Hearst Connecticut Media, has come to a close. This year's contest was a record breaker. We received 118 submissions from 27 schools across Connecticut, making it the most competitive contest to date! The essays submitted truly represented how volunteering impacts the lives of teenagers in Connecticut. 

Thank you to everyone that submitted an essay and to all that helped us promote this year's contest. Special thanks to our partners at Hearst Connecticut Media and to the Volunteer Square Advisory Board for reading every essay and helping us award the winners. 

And now, without further ado, we are thrilled to announce the 5th Annual High School Essay Contest Winners. 

First Place was awarded to Reva Kale, a junior at Staples High School in Westport. Reva compares her volunteer work to learning how to read and shares how it taught her about herself. "I will always remember the feeling of my first book. My first true book. One I cracked open and deciphered on my own, one that enticed me, amazed me, electrified me from start to finish. The minute I learned to read, I was gifted with a set of keys to a whole new world bound only by my imagination. Volunteering, like reading, gave me an extremely valuable set of keys." Read Reva's full essay here.

Buddy Bot Peer Service Project

Only THREE DAYS LEFT TO SUBMIT an essay for our 5th Annual High School Essay Contest. Throughout the contest, we have been posting 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!

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