Just like clubs and sports, service is a great way to develop your skills and understanding of your community, while also helping someone in need.  Community service tends to vary in length and depth of service.  Are you volunteering to serve at a food bank once a year, or are you organizing volunteers from your local church to make sure the soup kitchen is staffed for the entire year.  Whether it is giving to an individual by helping an aging neighbor with yard work, or helping the Boys and Girls Club to organize its annual Steak and Burger Dinner, others immediately reap the benefits of your generosity.

 In addition to your effect on your community, you will also develop important relationships that can prove helpful in the college or scholarship search process.  Adults who work with you at different service organizations can often be wonderful sources of support for letters of recommendation, or even knowledge about different colleges and universities.  It’s a win-win for all involved!