Community Service Opportunities for Students to Give Back

Hayley Greenlaw, Staff Writer


With the end of the school year approaching, the time to complete your community service hours for scholarships or other opportunities is running out. Here are eight different ways you could boost up your hours and give back to your community before the school year ends. 


  • Local Soup Kitchens

Offering your time at a soup kitchen is an easy way to get volunteer hours. You can give out food to people in need and have a great time doing it. There are many meal-providing locations in the Tampa Bay area, such as The Volunteer Way or St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.  


  • Tutor a Student

If you excel in a subject, what’s better than using your knowledge to tutor a student in need? Just make sure you tutor under adult supervision so you can get a signature for your hours.  


  • Local Libraries

Local libraries could always use some help organizing their shelves or reading books to the kids. If you have a love for books, volunteering at your local library could be the perfect volunteering opportunity for you. 


  • Animal Shelters

Who wouldn’t want to spend time with some cute animals for a couple hours? Many animal shelters, such as the Humane Society of Tampa Bay or Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions, are always looking for people who can offer their time. The hours fly by when you’re watching over the different types of animals. 


  • YMCA

There are so many different volunteering opportunities at the YMCA. You could coach a youth or adult sports team, serve on a special event planning committee, participate in a community outreach program and so much more. There is sure to be a volunteering spot for you at the YMCA. 


  • School Events

School events are great for volunteer hours. There are always things taking place at your school that need volunteers to help them run smoothly, including sports games, music programs, club events, and more. It’s a great way to give back to your school and peers and get your service hours. 


  • Local Art Museums

Volunteering with an art museum can allow you to receive your service hours while also exploring your artistic side. Positions could range anywhere from directing parking to giving information about different pieces of art.  


  • Nursing Homes

Nursing homes provide the chance to socialize and do fun things with elderly patients that could use some company. There are many ways to volunteer and interact with them, from playing games to reading them books or simply holding a conversation. It’s a great way to get in your hours and have a good time.