As a juvenile defense attorney, many of the parents I work with are constantly asking me to help them find volunteer opportunities for their kids or teens. There are a lot of great resources out there to locate these opportunities.
I recently blogged about some Atlanta area opportunities as well as some home based volunteer options. Many organizations offer projects for the entire family. Along with helping fill the summer days with meaningful activities, volunteer/community service provides kids with a host of benefits that will give them a leg up when seeking future summer work and as they focus more and more on their future careers.
I can’t help you with the cold calling, but I have provided a short list below of websites offering possible volunteer opportunities for Atlanta-area youth and families:
GrooveJob–is a nationwide listing of volunteer and internship opportunities for youth. provides a listing of Atlanta area possibilities.
Volunteen Nation– has a database of youth volunteer opportunities around the country that are searchable by geographic location.
Atlanta Jewish Education Director’s Council– has a listing of dozens of Atlanta-area non-profits seeking youth volunteers for a wide variety of volunteer and community service work.
Hands on Atlanta– provides a searchable database of volunteer opportunities in the Atlanta area, as well as other information about how to become a volunteer.
Among the accrued benefits for youth working as a volunteer with a non-profit organization are:
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.