8th Annual High School Essay Contest


Volunteer Square is thrilled to announce the 8th 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 our contest submissions increase and this year our goal is to break the record of submissions, as well as the number of towns we receive essays from. We are excited to present this contest for our 8th year to promote and support community service by young people across our state.  8th essay contest flyer.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 CURRENT CT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. The contest is open to all Connecticut public and private high schools. Essays will ONLY be accepted Monday, November 2, 2020, through Monday, November 9, 2020. To submit your essay, email it to essays@volunteersquare.com. Include your name, name of school, and grade level. Important note: essays received before or after these dates will not be considered.\

Judges from Volunteer Square Inc. will select a first, second and third place winner, based on the quality of the essay and how well it addresses the topic of "why volunteering and making an impact on your community important." Winners will be notified by email by November 16, 2020.      

Essay Contest Prizes    
First Place Winner: Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones + $700
Second Place Winner: Fitbit Versa Watch + $450
Third Place Winner: $300


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.