By: Grace W. 


Learn New Skills

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills. You can gain hands on experience in many different industries doing specific tasks such as identifying and removing invasive species. You can also gain a lot of other skills such as teamwork, leadership, and problem solving that will come in handy in many different situations.


Give Back To Your Community

Volunteering allows you to make a difference in your community. Whether you are taking care of stray animals, removing invasive species, or helping shovel your neighbors snow, you are making an impact. At the end of a workday being able to see all that you accomplished, whether it be a giant pile of invasive species or a clean, snow-free driveway, you will likely be feeling rewarded and fulfilled.


Make Connections

Volunteering is great way to make new friends and connections. When you volunteer, you have the opportunity to meet lots of new people from all walks of life. You never know who you are going to meet and how they might impact your life. You just might meet someone who has your dream job, speaks a foreign language you want to learn, or has a super interesting perspective on life.


Gain a New Perspective

If you want to gain an inside look at a certain industry whether that be a library, an animal shelter, a forest preserve etc., volunteering is a great way to do it. You get a behind the scenes look at the way different industries operate and you can get an idea of what careers you are interested in. Volunteering is also a great way to gain experience to put on your resume, job applications, and college applications.


Have Fun

While pulling weeds and shoveling snow might not seem like tons of fun, when you get together with a socially distanced group and put on some music, you might be surprised how enjoyable volunteering is.


Get Involved

If you are looking for a way to volunteer from your own home, you should join Teen Advisory Group (TAG).  This group meets once a month via Zoom. These meetings are an opportunity for you to share your feedback on all things library, from events to books. The next meeting is February 24 at 4:00 pm. Sign up here