Volunteering Information


Thinking of becoming a volunteer?  Here is a list that will help you make up your mind.

#10:  It's good for you.

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards, it:

    -Reduces stress:  Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns.
     -Makes you healthier:  Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, and strengthens the immune system.

#9:  It saves resources.

Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements.

     -The estimated value of a volunteer's time is $15.39 per hour.

#8:  Volunteers gain professional experience.

    -You can test out a career.

#7:  It brings people together.

As a volunteer you assist in:

    -Uniting people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal.
    -Building camaraderie and teamwork.

#6.  It promotes personal growth and self-esteem.

Understanding community needs helps foster empathy and self-efficiency.

#5:  Volunteering strengthens your community.

As a volunteer you help:

    -Support families (daycare and eldercare)
    -Improve schools (tutoring, literacy)
    -Support youth (mentoring, and after-school programs)
    -Beautify the community (beach and park clean-ups)

#4:  You learn a lot:

Volunteers learn things like these:

    -Self:  Volunteers discover hidden talents that may change your view of your self-worth.
    -Government:  Through working with local non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operation of our government.
    -Community:  Volunteers gain knowledge of local resources available to solve community needs.

#3:  You get a chance to give back:

People like to support community resources that they themselves or that benefit people they care about.

#2:  Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.

Community service and volunteerism are an investment in our community and the people who live in it.

#1:  You make a difference.


How do you find places to volunteer?

1-  Many community groups seek out help from GCHS clubs like StuCo, AVID, FFA, FBLA, HALO, and FCCLA, so joining a GCHS club is a great first step.

2-  Additionally, students can commit to volunteering on their own.  One way to do this is to go back to their former elementary, intermediate, or middle school to volunteer their time.  Many PTO's need help with Math Nights or Fun Nights, some may need help with a Movie Night.  Other schools need volunteers to tutor students in after school programs.  Some of the middle school coaches might appreciate an extra person to provide one-on-one assistance to young athletes.    

3-  Also, there are many students at GCHS who could use a tutor, especially in math.  For example the ESL migrant tutorial teachers might appreciate a strong math student who could help with geometry or algebra.    This might not work for many students' schedules, but students could also approach freshman math teachers about providing support during a class period or mentoring.  We have study hall after school as well where students can tutor.

4-  For students who like to be around older people, students could approach the nursing homes about reading to or playing cards with the residents.

5-  Emmaus House, the United Way, Salvation Army, and church groups can also use help with many projects and tasks.  Students can gather a group of friends or family members to sing or play Christmas carols while ringing bells for the Salvation Army.  Another great project is for families to fill a few holiday stocking for the Annual Travis Bachman Stocking Drive.  These can be donated in person at the American Legion building on the Tuesday evening after Thanksgiving.    

Scholarship boards are especially impressed by students who build relationships in organizations, so it's great if students can stick with an activity, such as reading to children or nursing home residents.  If the teachers or nursing home staff members see a volunteer returning week after week with a great attitude and willingness to help, they will be better equipped to write an awesome letter of recommendation.    

 As students go about volunteering, they should record their hours on a sheet of paper.  Taking selfies of volunteer time can be another way of documenting, but the students should always ask others before including or posting them in photos  (Photos of children's faces should not be posted on social media.)

Of course, students need to approach volunteerism with a sincere desire to help.  They should represent themselves, their families, and their school in a way that would make everyone proud.  This includes dressing appropriately, using their best language and manners, staying off their phones, staying focused and positive, and following the guidance of the adults in charge.