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There are a lot of ways to get involved in your community. Volunteering your time in the community, also called community service, can be a great way to get involved in something you care about and learn new skills. A lot of places and groups are looking for new volunteers. Below are some tips, stories and resources about how you too can volunteer in your community. Joining youth volunteer organizations is a great way to make new friends!
Here is some advice and tips to help you get involved in community service:
Hamzaís story about volunteering: I always wanted to get involved in community service, but was afraid that there wasnít much I could do because of my disability, and I was afraid that I would mess up the things that I could do. However, a few years ago, I got involved with Adaptive Community Approach Program (ACAP), a community service organization in Waukesha County Wisconsin, which helps disabled people find ways to get active in their community. I learned that I was able to do much more than I thought and have been serving my community ever since. Iíve also been inducted into the National Honors Society, which focuses on youth volunteer work, and have been able to assist in volunteering. I hope to pass on the things I learned to all disabled youth who want to make their communities better. Good luck! I hope your volunteering brings joy to yourself and others.
To look for organizations to volunteer at in your area check with your local United Way at: www.unitedway.org.
Check with your local YMCA, church, community center or school for other ideas.