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Catch the Spirit: Volunteering Tips

These are just a few of the tips included in “Catch the Spirit: A Student’s Guide to Community Service”, a free resource produced by Prudential in partnership with the Federal Citizen Information Center. To order copies, click here.

In this fast-paced world, it's surprising you have time to attend classes, do homework, take part in extracurricular activities, and still manage to spend time with family and friends. Yet, despite busy schedules, many young people like you are concerned about what's happening in their neighborhoods and communities, and are looking for ways to get involved. In a survey of nearly 1,000 young people commissioned by Prudential:
  • 95 percent said they felt it's important for people to volunteer
  • Almost two-thirds of those respondents said that individual responsibility is the best way to solve community problems
  • 67 percent indicated that they devote some time to volunteer activities
Students are interested in serving their communities because they want to:
  • Make a difference
  • Develop new skills
  • Prepare for college
  • Explore career paths
  • Have fun working with friends
  • Feel good about themselves
Although the efforts of one person may seem small, every act of service can have an important impact on someone and millions of individual volunteers can create a revolution of sorts.

Whatever your reason for volunteering, once involved, it's easy to get hooked-to "catch the spirit" of community involvement. Volunteering can expand your horizons and become a satisfying, lifelong commitment.

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