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Lovegodlovelife

Lovegodlovelife

so, lately i’ve really been feeling called to volunteer, especially this summer, but I’m a 14-year-old rising sophomore, and almost all programs/organizations/whatever require you to be 16 (i think it’s because of child labor laws?). The ones that don’t make you bring along a parent, but my parents both work, so i can’t do that (even if it’s a weekend,cause that would disrupt family time 🙂 ). I could just go to some overgrown road side weedy area thingy and just start clearing up, but I really want to do something that directly helps people. I”m especially passionate about kids and animals :). My mom wants something that i can report on a resume for college as well. She thinks I should start my own organization, which I thought was a great idea, but i have no idea how to do that! Her basis is”collect/write a ton of cards to soldiers and send them off with dad when he goes to work” but…….. I mean no offense to soldiers, they’re amazing and I’m really grateful to them for all that they do, but I’d rather help out things like children’s hospitals and homeless shelters. The best I could think of is start a website and collect donations, like toiletries and stuffed teddy bears ;), but……. I feel like I could do more. Any ideas? oh and sorry this is so long 😀

June 28, 2015 at 09:03
Juanita11

Juanita11

Hold car washes around town and each time donate them to different places.
The soup kitchen, your local no kill animal shelter, komea shelter, ect

June 28, 2015 at 09:18
Mandi_lee2014

Mandi_lee2014

My best suggestion is talk with your church, see what you can do there, or maybe even get started. Then, you would also have an adult that could help you, and you would also be able to better manage. Also talk to any local shelters, hospitals, etc. They may have something you can still do, or maybe work something out where your parents can take you in their free time (or someone else). Incorporate others with the same vision. Donate to local charities, maybe try to coordinate some little h=fundraiser and do as Juanita said. And just personally, I wouldn’t just write off doing letters for soldiers. So many of them are homesick, and they see gruesome things. A lot develop PTSD, and even if they don’t, they never come back the same. Just a little encouraging note and a care package (you would have to look up exactly what you can and can’t ship) because care packages are so often neglected and the little things soldiers enjoy here, they don’t experience over there, and just like everyone else, they want comfort items too (Im speaking all of this from watching my dad go through tours in Iraq and Afghanistan multiple times).

Age does limit you a bit, but I know there are things you can do. Continue to pray, and make sure you are seeking God’s desires and something will happen in the right time

June 29, 2015 at 00:35
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