Upcoming Youth Volunteer Days Support Our Community: Do You Need Help?
Several local organizations are hosting volunteer opportunities for area youth to serve the community this spring.
- Activate Good’s Teen Days of Service are April 20-22.
- The Youth Day of Service on May 12 is hosted by six organizations: Boy Scouts of America Occoneechee Council, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines, North Carolina 4-H, North Carolina FFA, The YMCA of the Triangle and The Food Drive Kids.
The Teen Days of Service and Youth Day of Service offer youth opportunities to volunteer in many ways, such as fighting food insecurity, parks clean up, building raised beds or planting at community, school or child care gardens. Many of the projects are outside or help promote health and good nutrition supporting an active life-style.
These opportunities also help Wake County meet its goal of increasing the number of youth playing and/or serving outside through the Let’s Move Outside! Wake initiative. YMCA of the Triangle and AHA are leading community partners, including Activate Good and the Occonochee Council, in this goal to increase the number of youth playing or service outdoors by 20,000 between June 1, 2017 and June 1, 2018. (In fact, Youth Day of Service projects from April 1 to July 1 will be included in the Wake County goal as well as the Scouts’ goal to give 100,000 hours of service across central North Carolina.)
Organizations looking for help with projects can visit BeAScout.org to find Scout units that are nearby and could help you on the Youth Day of Service (or any time). (There are about 250 Scouting units in the Council with lots of youth ready to serve!) Organizations can also create a volunteer account at Activate Good, and youth can view current Teen Days opportunities online
Activate Good connects individuals of all ages, families, groups, schools, and companies to help fulfill volunteer needs with more than 400 Triangle-based nonprofits. Individuals and groups can sign up for a variety of volunteer opportunities on ActivateGood.org, receive guidance and referrals to area nonprofits, participate in three signature community-wide days of service, and more. With over 10,000 volunteer connections annually, many volunteers engage in service that gets them outside and moving – keeping them healthy while they help build a healthy community.