September 2019


Volunteer Square Launches 7th Annual High School Essay Contest

Volunteer Square is thrilled to announce the 7th Annual High School Essay Contest. The essay contest invites high school students in Connecticut to share "Why volunteering and making an impact on their community is important?" Each year this contest yields a record number of submissions from towns across Connecticut. This year, the hope is to expand the reach through the state by promoting the contest during the month of October with stories, tips, and highlights about teen volunteering. We will even share essays from past winners, with the goal of inspiring young people to get involved in their communities!  7th Annual Essay Contest.jpg

The rules are simple and the prizes are awesome. To enter the contest, tell us, in 500 words or less, "Why volunteering and making an impact on your community important to you?" To be eligible to participate you must be a high school student, ages 13 to 21 years old. The contest is open to all Connecticut public and private high schools. Essays will ONLY be accepted Friday, November 1, 2019, through Friday, November 8, 2019. To submit your essay, email it to Important note: essays received before or after these dates will not be considered.

Become A Volunteer Square Intern

In an effort to expand opportunities for teenagers and build stronger volunteer communities in Fairfield County, the Volunteer Squareinternship provides training and experience with digital marketing, social media, website maintenance, and community relations for high school school students across Connecticut.

Since the program began in the fall of 2016, we've welcomed 39 interns from 17 towns. As volunteer ambassadors in their schools, area towns, and their peer groups, the high school interns are crucial to our organization and without their project coordination and volunteer recruitment, we would not be able to make such a large impact in Connecticut communities.

Interns create content and manage the Town Pages on our website. These pages are a way for the interns to be the voice of their community. They include information about upcoming events, stories and pictures from past events to encourage peer groups and family members to get involved.