Homeschooling Through High School
November 3, 2006


Volunteer and Community Service Ideas for Your Teens

By Diane Kummer and Becky Cooke
HSLDA High School Coordinators

The teenage years provide an opportunity for your teen to begin a lifelong practice of serving others. As you plan out your child's high school years be sure to include time for him or her to experience the joys of using and developing talents and skills that benefit people in your community, church, and beyond. Though the list is endless, here are some ideas to get you started—seek out the Lord’s guidance in thinking of ways your teen can make a difference.

A series on our radio program Home school Heartbeat, “The Value of Volunteering,” may also be helpful. If possible, volunteer as a family unit and have the additional benefit of spending time with your child and building your relationship.

Community Service

  • Food or clothing drives/Soup kitchens/Homeless shelters
  • Nursing homes (visiting the residents, taking part in recreational activities, helping with arts and crafts programs, reading, organizing musical talent shows with other homeschooling families, caroling at Christmas, etc.)
  • Tutoring or ESL programs
  • Serving widows and the elderly in the neighborhood (running errands, reading to them, fixing their computers, raking leaves, etc.)
  • Hospitals/rehab centers (candy striping)
  • Local library

Church

  • Administrative/clerical assistance (stuffing envelopes, folding bulletins, data entry, helping in the library, teaching Sunday School, etc.)
  • Mercy ministry (visiting shut-ins, writing encouragement notes, babysitting, etc.)
  • Technical assistance (sound technician, video production, computer skills, etc.)
  • Nursery/children's ministry worker
  • Wedding coordinator
  • Events planner
  • Short or long-term missions

Non-Profit Ministries

(All of these organizations depend on volunteer help in addition to their paid staff.)

  • Prison ministry
  • Pregnancy centers
  • Outreach to international students or adopting an inner city family
  • Evangelistic organizations
  • Disaster relief

Political Involvement

  • Campaign volunteers (stuffing envelopes, making phone calls, dropping leaflets, data entry, etc.)
  • Voter registration drives
  • Helping at the polls on Election Day