Volunteering And Community Service
Scouts are required to provide community service to achieve rank, but a good scout is HELPFUL, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. Volunteering also offers some wonderful opportunities to Scouts:
- it allows Scouts to explore potential career or interest areas
- it gives Scouts the opportunity to develop new skills
- it helps connect Scouts to the community and builds contacts and references that can be great resources later
- it builds confidence and teaches Scouts they can make a difference
Scout volunteering is also valuable to the community in a variety of ways:
- the community benefits from work being done without labor expense
- it shows the community its youth are interested and engaged
- it is a good example to other youth and helps encourage their participation
- it provides hope to those who receive services resulting from volunteer work
Community Service Resources
The Volunteer Center of Durham is a great coordinator of service opportunities for youth, families, and groups and they are very good about finding opportunities that are a good fit for volunteers. To find out more, visit the website or contact the youth program coordinator directly (Regan Luthin at 688-8977×30). For group fun to get your family, patrol, friends or club involved see a list of opportunities at the Volunteer Center’s Web site.
Another source for volunteer opportunities is the Triangle United Way. Visit www.unitedwaytriangle.org and click “Get Involved! Volunteer!” at the bottom of the page. From there you can browse opportunities.
Go to the source. Many organizations are thrilled to have volunteer help. If you have a special interest area or have a favorite agency, contact them directly! Most are easily found on the web or in the phone book. Some possibilities include: The Rescue Mission, The Shelter for Hope/Community Kitchen, Walltown Ministerial Alliance, retirement homes/senior centers, Meals on Wheels, Durham County Literacy Council, hospitals, Parks & Recreation, and your church or faith group.