Community Corner

The importance community service plays in the scholarship selection process CANNOT be over-emphasized! An applicant can have the highest grade point average, or ” GPA,” but if the scholarship donor(s) does not see evidence that the applicant has learned the value and lesson in “giving back,” they may be substantially less inclined to bestow an award to that particular applicant. It is absolutely imperative that prospective scholarship applicants demonstrate active commitment to their community as illustrated by their participation in community service projects and activities. (For more information on the importance of community service in your scholarship search, see our article “Community Service: Just How Important is it When it Comes to Obtaining Scholarships?“)

Here are just a few of the volunteering opportunities in your state!


Volunteering in America – Alabama

USDA Forest Service

HandsOn Birmingham

University of Alabama Community Service Center

HandsOn South Alabama

University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital

Montgomery Zoo


Alaska Volunteers to Help Homeless Families

The Alaska Zoo Volunteers

Alaska Sealife Center

Alaska Whale Foundation

Covenant House Alaska

Food Bank of Alaska

The Nature Conservancy


HandsOn Greater Phoenix/

The United Way Volunteer Center – Tucson & Southern Arizona

Casa de los Niños

Arizona Humane Society

Arizona Game & Fish Department

Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services


Arkansas Children’s Hospital 

Red Cross (Arkansas)

Arkansas Children’s Hospital Junior Volunteer Program

The First Tee

Fayetteville Public Library

Arkansas Museum of Discovery

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System


California Volunteers

California State Parks

City of Riverside

City of Roseville, California Volunteer Center

Hearst Castle


Orange County,California Volunteer Opportunities

Acacia Adult Day Services

Alzheimer’s Association Orange County

Girls Incorporated of Orange County

California Science Center.

American Cancer Society

Farm Sanctuary

California Academy of Sciences


Hunger Free Colorado

Volunteers of America Colorado

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center

Emergency Family Assistance Association

Longmont Humane Society

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Thorne Nature Experience

Project Angel Heart

Dumb Friends League



Danbury Animal Welfare Society

New Haven Reads

Yale University President’s Public Service Fellowship

Enfield Loaves and Fishes

Connecticut Humane Society

Make-A-Wish® Connecticut

Connecticut Food Bank

Special Olympics Connecticut


Volunteer Delaware

Delaware Online Getting Involved

Christiana Cares Health System Volunteers

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Delaware

Delaware State Parks

YMCA of Delaware

Delaware SPCA

Food Bank of Delaware


D.C. Central Kitchen

Serve D.C.

The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project

Special Olympics D.C.

Youth Service America

One Brick

MedStar Georgetown University

Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center

Martha’s Table

Catholic Charities

So Others Might Eat (“SOME”)

City Dogs Rescue D.C.


Volunteer Florida

Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

South Florida Fair

Florida State Parks


Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Hands On Atlanta

Georgia Aquarium

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

Saint Mary’s Health Care System

Volunteer Houston County Georgia

Special Olympics Georgia

Georgia SPCA


Get Connected Hawai’i

Volunteer Legal Services Hawai’i

Honolulu Habitat for Humanity

Hawaiian Humane Society

Junior Achievement of Hawaii

Mission Houses Museum

PBS Hawaii

Hands On Maui


Idaho Medical Reserve Corps

Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Idaho Youth Ranch

United Way of Kootenai County

Twin County United Way


HandsOn Suburban Chicago

Chicago Cares

Greater Chicago Food Depository

Special Olympics Ilinois

Nature Conservatory-Illinois

Make-A-Wish®  Illinois

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Heart of Illinois United Way

Illinois Innocence Project


Serve Indiana

United Way of Central Indiana

Humane Society of Indianapolis

Humane Society of Indianapolis

Indianapolis Zoo


Volunteer Iowa

Corridor Recovery

United Way of East Central Iowa

Freedom for Youth Ministries

Central Iowa Healthcare


Volunteer Kansas

Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City

St. Vincent’s Family Service Center “Operation Breakthrough”

Olathe Public Library

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens

Saint Luke’s Health System

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Winfield Public Library


Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service

City of Bowling Green, Kentucky Official Municipal Website of Bowling Green, Kentucky

Kentucky Science Center!

KentuckyOne Health

Kentucky Humane Society

Louisville Zoo

Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning

Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal

St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Kentucky Teen Court


Volunteer Louisiana

United Way of Greater Lafayette

Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Baton Rouge

Nature Conservancy of Louisiana

Baton Rouge Teen Court


Volunteer Maine

Jobs For Maine’s Graduates

Teens To Trails

Maine Medical Center

The Maine Children’s Home


Volunteer Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland Volunteer Center

Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center

Maryland Volunteer Center

Volunteer Center

Baltimore County Government

Volunteer Southern Maryland

Chesapeake College – Chesapeake Volunteer Center

Department of Community Services

Volunteer Harford

The Volunteer Center Serving Howard County

Montgomery County Volunteer Center

ShoreCAN Volunteer Center

Chesapeake Helps

Special Olympics Maryland

United Way of Washington County, Maryland

Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation

BEST Kids Mentoring Program

Hospice of the Chesapeake

The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program

A LEGACY Left Behind


Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts

Boston Cares

“Puzzles To Remember”

The Colored Pencil Project

Massachusetts Audubon Society

United Way of Central Massachusetts

New England Aquarium

Save A Dog


Volunteer Center of Michigan

American Red Cross – Michigan Region

Kalamazoo County Association of Retired School Personnel

University of Michigan Health System

Michigan Humane Society

Sparrow Health System

Volunteers of American Michigan


Science Museum of Minnesota

Youth Link Minnesota

Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Animal Humane Society

Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota

Meals on Wheels


Volunteer Mississippi

Mississippi State University Maroon Volunteer Center

American Red Cross of Mississippi

Mississippi Children’s Museum


Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast

United Way of Southeast Mississippi


United Way of Wyandotte County

Youth In Need

St. Louis Children’s Hospital

Saint Louis Zoo


Montana State Parks

Montana 4-H

United Way of Yellowstone County

Volunteer Helena

Western Montana Volunteer Center


Children’s Hospital & Medical Center

Serve Nebraska

Volunteer Partners

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Midlands

Food Bank for the Heartland


United Way of Southern Nevada

City of Henderson Cultural Arts and Tourism

Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth

American Red Cross Northern Nevada

Street Teens

First Tee of Southern Nevada


Volunteer New Hampshire

New Hampshire Audobon

Cocheco Valley Humane Society

Seacoast Science Center


Jersey Cares

Governor’s Office on Volunteerism

The Volunteer Center of Bergen County


New Mexico Volunteers for the Outdoors

Santa Fe Doorways

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Santa Fe Children’s Museum

Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico

S.A.F.E. House

University of New Mexico School of Mexico Department of Pediatrics

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science

Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad

Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest


New York Cares

Food Bank for New York City

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York

Long Island Volunteer Center

Volunteer CNY

Volunteer New York


North Carolina Association of Volunteer Administration

Hands On Charlotte

Special Olympics North Carolina

North Carolina 4-H

Carolinas Medical Center

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlotte

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences


City of Fargo- Fargo Public Library

Sanford Health

Valley Senior Services

First Link

North Dakota Game and Fish Department

YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties


Serve Ohio

Hands On Central Ohio

Furniture Bank of Central Ohio

Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland


Central Oklahoma Humane Society

United Way of Central Oklahoma

Red Cross Oklahoma

Animal Aide of Tulsa

Meals on Wheels

Tulsa Historical Society & Museum

Coffee Creek Therapeutic Riding Center

Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum

Make a Wish of Oklahoma


Oregon Volunteers

Hands On Greater Portland

The Multnomah Youth Commission

Girls Incorporated® of the Pacific Northwest

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry



Pittsburgh Cares

United Way of Adams County

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Museums of Natural History

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Teen Volunteer Program


Serve Rhode Island

Women’s Center Rhode Island

Rhode Island SPCA

Nature Conservatory-Rhode Island

Providence Children’s Museum

Rhode Island Food Bank

Roger Williams Park Zoo


Hands On Greenville

South Carolina Aquarium

EdVenture Children’s Museum

Family Shelter


Volunteers of America – Dakotas

Habitat for Humanity – South Dakota

Sioux Falls Area Humane Society

Safe Harbor


Make A Wish South Dakota


Hands On Nashville

Volunteer Knoxville

Youth Villages

United Way of Greater Chattanooga



North Texas Food Bank

University ot Texas-Arlington Center for Community Service

Captain Hope’s Kid’s Team

Perot Museum

Community Partners of Dallas

American Red Cross Greater Houston

Texas Children’s Hospital


UServe Utah

Volunteer Salt Lake County

Humane Society of Utah

American Red Cross Utah Region


Vermont State Parks

United Way of Chittenden County

ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center


Office on Volunteerism and Community Service

Arlington Teens

Capital Area Food Bank

Volunteer Alexandria

Arlington County Department of Human Services

Volunteer Fairfax

Volunteer Prince William

Rappahannock United Way

YMCA at Virginia Tech

Community Resource Center


Volunteer Centers of Washington


Seattle Community Network


Volunteer West Virginia

Red Cross West Virginia

WV Teen Court Association

West Virginia Citizen Corps

YMCA of Southern West Virginia


Volunteer Wisconsin

Volunteer Milwaukee

Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin

United Way Wisconsin


The Nature Conservancy

Wyoming Youth Services

Serve Wyoming

Geisinger Health System

*Interested students should thoroughly research any volunteer projects (with a responsible adult, as necessary and appropriate) prior to signing up for any volunteer opportunity.*