Get involved! Many of my clients have requested a list of volunteer opportunities for kids of various ages. Some organizations allow kids to volunteer on their own, and others require parental supervision. I recommend inquiring in advance, as policies do change from time to time.
Please enjoy these 6 opportunities for volunteering in Atlanta. For your convenience, I have created a downloadable brochure below, or you can click here!
1) Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (15 & up) There are many ways you can give back to your community by volunteering at a library branch near you. Visit their website for an application and list of all the jobs and opportunities you might be interested in.
2) Fulton County Animal Shelter (18 & up) Do you love animals? Then the Fulton County Animal Shelter needs your help. Visit their website or email the volunteer coordinator with any questions you might have. (Phone: 404.613.0358)
3) The Blue Heron Nature Preserve (16 & up) Are you passionate about the environment? This organization works to preserve the nature of Edison Mill Ruins (4055 Roswell Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA, 30342). Visit their website for the contact information of coordinators of current ongoing projects to find out meeting times and how you can help.
4) Sporty Girls, Inc. (18 & up) Enjoy sports? Then use that skill to better the community by teaching girls that sport during their regularly held sports camps. This organization promotes a healthy lifestyle and gives girls the chance to play a sport they may not otherwise learn. Visit their website to learn more.
5) Open Hand (9 & up) Open hand prepares, packages and delivers 5,500 meals a day! The minimum age to volunteer is 9 years old which makes a great opportunity to volunteer with the kids and family. It is easy to volunteer, too, just call 404.872.2707 to schedule a volunteer time. Be sure to visit their website to find out more on how you and your family can make an impact in the community.
6) MedShare (10 & up) Located in Decatur, MedShare accepts volunteers 10 and older under adult supervision or 14 years to volunteer alone. Volunteers sort and package medical supplies in three hour shifts to be sent overseas to countries in need. You can email the Volunteer Program Manager, Alvaro McRae here, and to learn more about the great things MedShare is doing for the international community click here.
Kathryn Boortz has a passion for working with youth and their families. She is the founder of Boortz Law, a law firm that focuses on juvenile defense.