How to Increase Student Volunteering


Getting students together to volunteer is a great way to help your local community and get your students exposed to new experiences, and even new skill sets. There will always be students that are more apt to sign up to volunteer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help inspire those that don’t already volunteer in their community. Read our tips below on how you can get your students out in your community to volunteer.

Need a sign-up sheet for your classroom? Check out our Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet Templates, and be sure to share pictures of your volunteer activities on social media using #PaperforLife.

Focus on the Right Activities

Volunteering in the local community is a great way for students to give back. One way to help encourage your students to volunteer is to focus on opportunities that involve stimulating activities. Mentally stimulating activities, like tutoring, can help students share their knowledge and find out if teaching might be an avenue they would like to pursue. Volunteering at animal shelters can help reduce stress levels and provide a source of physical activity if walking dogs is an option.

Volunteering Opens up Opportunities

One way to help motivate students to volunteer is to bring awareness to the type of skills and experiences they can gain from volunteering. It may not be the most altruistic reason to give back to the community, but it can help motivate an uninterested student. The skills and experiences gained through volunteering can be put on a college application and a résumé. For more tips on résumé building, check out our résumé tips and templates. With a little motivation, a student may volunteer and find out that they really enjoy it.

Make Volunteering Easy

Students may claim to not have the time to volunteer. In this case, an easy way to do something charitable in the classroom is to organize a canned food or clothing drive. Canned food or clothing drives can show students that even small charitable acts, like bringing food for those less fortunate, can be just as important as going out in the community to volunteer.

We hope these tips will help you get your students inspired to give back to their community. You can find Volunteer Sign-Up Sheet Templates here. We recommend using Hammermill® Premium Multi-Purpose 20LB printer paper for our sign-up sheet templates.

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