Community service is vital to developing a sense of community and belonging. Those who participate in community service greatly benefit from their work by gaining memorable experiences and building unique character traits. Students are given the opportunity to see life from a great many different angles, facilitating a sense of humility and the satisfaction of being part of something very important.
Crestdale would like to give students the opportunity to receive recognition for their community service efforts. To that end, Crestdale participates in the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program. The PSVA is a NATIONALLY recognized honor that was established in 2003 by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE AWARD
When getting ready to volunteer here are some things to keep in mind:
- Please always call or email the organization to schedule in advance and either print out a copy of your confirmation to bring with you (if via email) or the name of who you spoke to on the telephone to schedule your community service.
- Please tell the organization you are from Crestdale Middle School!
- Some volunteer activities have very specific age requirements; some are for ages 8-12 years old, some are for students 14+, etc. Please read this information carefully, or if needed, request clarification from the organization you are pursuing.
- Some activities require an adult to accompany a minor; some activities simply do not have room for an adult to accompany the minor.
GREAT WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Here is a list of volunteer opportunities to help get you started… What interests YOU? Helping those that are homeless? Getting your hands dirty in a community garden?Cooking and sharing a meal with guests at The Ronald McDonald House?
OnlineSchools.org, a student guide to volunteering that includes tips and resources. http://www.onlineschools.org/student-volunteer-guide/
Helping those that are homeless and/or hungry:
Dilworth Soup kitchen, open on Mondays; potential opportunity for students to participate over summer, winter, or spring break. http://dilworthsoupkitchen.wikispaces.com/Volunteer+Opportunities
Room In The Inn provides overnight accommodations for those that are homeless and is hosted at several area Churches and Synagogues. Volunteers do NOT need to be (religiously) affiliated with host site, but do need to schedule in advance with host site. http://www.urbanministrycenter.org/essential-services/room-in-the-inn/
The Salvation Army Center of Hope Various volunteer opportunities. Please call for details, including any age restrictions that may be in place.
Second Harvest Metrolina, volunteer in pantry to inspect food for donations, help stock shelves for food banks, etc. Minimum age is 12 years old to volunteer with this organization.
Urban Ministry: make sandwiches to feed the neighbors through Operation Sandwich or sign up to help make and serve lunch: http://www.urbanministrycenter.org/volunteer/
Community Gardens: opportunities to plant and maintain community gardens.
Bright Blessings (formerly Birthday Blessings): help to create joy for children that are homeless by helping to throw a birthday party on site or in their classroom as well as many other meaningful activities.
Classroom Central: Help organize and distribute supplies. Summer Volunteer Opportunities are available.
Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte. There are some great volunteer opportunities for kids 12 and under as well as for small groups of all ages (meal prep, help clean rooms for guests, etc.). Must register as a volunteer to sign up for most opportunities. http://www.rmhofcharlotte.org/how-you-can-help/volunteer
GOT IDEAS?Have a good idea for a volunteer opportunity that you are able to share? Please contact Anna Wargo at email@example.com if you have any questions. To connect and search for volunteer opportunities in your area:http://www.volunteermatch.org