Lending a helping hand

How students can help their community

Lending a helping hand

In the United States, 64.5 million people of all ages volunteered between September 2011 and September 2012. There are many different kinds of volunteering including charities, working with children, counseling and many more.

Benefits of Volunteering

People volunteer for many different reasons. There is great opportunity for personal development and gaining confidence. A lot of people use there spare time to give back to the community. In Wichita some schools require a certain amount of community service to graduate, also known as AVID.

United Way

There are many different organizations in Wichita that depend on volunteers to provide service. One is United Way. United Way started in 1887 with over 100 national and global partnerships. Over 1 million dollars has been contributed to communities all over the world. The biggest donations help with food, shelter, and clothes.

United Way is also a search engine for millions of other organizations that list options a person’s area and interest.  The minimum age requirement is 13 years old; students can volunteer by putting an application in online.

Kansas Humane Society

The Kansas Humane Society is an organization that works with animals. To work with the animals involves some requirements: students need to attend orientation sessions as well as a one-on-one interview. If students want to volunteer on their own, students have to be at least 18 years old, or 9 years old and be accompanied by an adult at all times. Students can pick up an application in person, by email, or by postal mail. Students can donate online and to the memorial and tributes for animals who are in need of a second chance.

Lord’s Diner

Another charity is the Lords Diner, a ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita. There are 5,500 volunteers a year to prepare the meals and serve about 425 meals a night. The diner provides a meal 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The mission is to give with spirit and compassion and to respect with people of all faiths, businesses, and organizations in the community. The common base of volunteering is local churches and organizations. Volunteers not affiliated with a church or organizations are matched up with the existing members to be put in groups called “Lend A Hand”.

Heights High School

Students that are interested in volunteering through Heights can contact Teketa Paschal, the College & Career Coordinator, by phone, (316)-973-1516, or by email, [email protected]

All different organization have the ideal purpose, to help people in need. People can achieve success, they just need that little extra boost. You can be that difference in someone’s life, start changing the world by starting with the community.