Community Service

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Cleaning up a neighborhood park. Tutoring. Serving food at a shelter. The opportunities for community service are endless, and so is your potential to have a positive effect on the lives of others. The resources on this page can help you learn how to get involved in community service opportunities on a local or national level. 

Programs

Sign up to be an EcoLeader and connect with an online community of peers who create and lead sustainability projects and campaigns nationwide.

Gain hands-on experience working in the medical field to help veterans by participating in the... Read more »

Use Volunteer.gov’s Volunteer Portal to find volunteer opportunities in your community and across the country. Check out the calendar to find scheduled volunteer events or use the search tool to... Read more »

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Boy Scouting, a year-round program for boys 11 through 17 designed to achieve the aims of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult... Read more »

Pura Vida is a youth program at Grand Teton National Park that engages youth in the National Park Service's mission of protecting the natural and cultural resources in our national parks.

Each year, AmeriCorps offers 75,000 opportunities for young people of all backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.

Publications

4-H is encouraging young people to give a voice to the dedication and commitment they’ve shown in addressing challenges in their communities and creating lasting, positive change. Read the stories... Read more »

Resources

Youth Service America wants your help finding opportunities for youth to make change in their communities! 

American Indian and Alaska Native youth, ages 13-21: Do you have a great idea for an event or project that could have a positive impact on your community? Apply for a We R Native Community Service... Read more »

Lauren Rhoades left her office job to follow her true passions: education and local foods. During her two-year term of service with FoodCorps, she worked to help children living in rural... Read more »

You’d be amazed at how many projects have started all around the world to create change. Check out this map of people who participated in Global Youth Service Day and join in. 

Tools & Guides

Get others involved in community service in your area. Access these toolkits and templates for tips on how to get started, keeping your project on track, and much more. 

Search for community service opportunities in your home state.

Websites

Youth 'Motivating Others Through Voices of Experience' (M.O.V.E) National is a national youth-led organization, with 46 statewide chapters, that is dedicated to uniting the voices of youth with... Read more »

Check out the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) page to learn more about environmental service learning and community service opportunities. 

Follow the Youth Programs of the National Park Service on Twitter to learn more about employment and volunteer opportunities in our national parks.

Access resources from the Department of the Interior and learn more about conservation-related educational, recreational and employment opportunities.

Youth Councils

The  members of the American Red Cross National Youth Council represent the youth volunteers of the American Red Cross. National Youth Council members advocate for youth involvement across the Red... Read more »

Youth Voices

"I hope more youth will take a close look at their communities and see what problems are bothering them and then fix them."

“We enjoy hearing about their life experiences. It’s a rewarding experience for both us and our older adult partners.”

"I wanted to participate in a different kind of journey where I could experience and get a better understanding of strengths and hardships of communities first hand."