Below is a list of our current opportunities to get involved. If any of these are of interest to you, or if you have any questions, contact Peter at email@example.com or 497-3499. Don’t forget to log your hours when you’re done!
NEW! The fabulous Open Mic Series is back and we are so excited that our friends at the Goffstown Public Library have asked VolunTEENS to be co-hosts! Open Mic is held on the fourth Friday of each month from 7pm to 9pm at the Library and we need people to help set up, serve coffee/tea/refreshments provided by Apotheca, help clean up and just plain enjoy themselves! It really is a lot of fun. Keep an eye out for the monthly sign-up info in the VolunTEENs newsletter or touch base with Peter with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. This opportunity is appropriate for students Grade 9 and up.
Goffstown Television (GTV) is a town-run public access cable station, operating two channels exclusively for Goffstown residents. They are looking for high school-aged volunteers to oversee the recording of events at the high school like games, concerts and assemblies, as well as work video equipment. Other opportunities include town-wide events and even studio based video productions. No experience necessary – they provide training!
Goffstown Public Library is looking for teens entering grades 6 through 12 to be on their Teen Advisory Board (TAB). If you have ideas for library programs or the Teen room or want to suggest things like books, games, movies and programs, this is the perfect opportunity for you! The TAB meets at the Library once a month in a fun relaxed setting.
Community Clothing Center is open Tuesday from 11 to 2, Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8 pm, Thursdays 3-5pm and Saturday mornings from 10 am to Noon. They need volunteers to help sort through donated clothing, and cash out customers.
Goffstown Network Food Pantry is open on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm and Saturday Mornings 10am-12pm. Volunteers are needed to sort canned goods and assist customers with carrying bins out to their cars. The time commitment is generally a shift once a month although you may be able to volunteer for more if needed.
Upreach Therapeutic Riding Center: Generally must commit to at least one hour per week for a 6 week period. Volunteers are assigned one student to stick with for the 6 weeks, so they can connect with the student. Responsibilities include guiding the horse while student rides, as well as providing encouragement and emotional support for student.
Special Olympics is gearing up for another fabulous season and is looking for volunteers to help their athletes. The time commitment is every week after school for 2 hours for one sports season and there are two mandatory track meets in the spring (one overnight). Volunteers are paired up with a special olympics athlete for the sports season to provide encouragement while guiding him/her through activities. This is a wonderful program!
The Villager Nursing Home: Keep the elderly company with crafts or playing games such as bingo, trivia, and scrabble.
Bel Air Nursing Home also invites volunteers to keep their residents company by playing games, reading aloud or just spending time with them. They do generally ask that you be 14 yrs or older as it is important that you are responsible, although they will consider grade 7 and up on a trial basis.
Animal Rescue League, Bedford is looking for volunteers ages 14 and up to clean cages, walk dogs, and help out at various fundraisers. All volunteers need this quick “Short Term” application filled out (https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?ap=1048979927). Those who are 14 or 15, also need a Youth Employment Certificate (http://media.wix.com/ugd/b1eff0_14fc12b5dbd949ab83b445e22efd88de.pdf). Those who are 16 or 17 years old, just need the application, and a parental permission slip (http://media.wix.com/ugd/b1eff0_cfe66cdb165145e8b600bb071b304f7e.pdf).
St. Matthew’s Church always welcomes those looking to lend a hand.
St. Lawrence Church also always welcomes anyone looking to help out.
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Manchester: 9th through 12th grade volunteers are matched with a “Little.” Time commitment is 2-4 hours 2-4 times per month for at least 1 year. Activities may include shooting hoops, playing a board game, going on a hike. enjoying a pizza, or learning to cook and bake. Opportunities also available for adults who would like to help out!Highly interactive, and very rewarding experience.
New Horizons, Manchester needs volunteers work in the soup kitchen and/or food pantry. The soup kitchen serves daily at 4:30 pm while the pantry is open MWF from 12-1 and Th from 6-7. You may create an account online, and sign up for as little or as many shifts as you would like. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.