Volunteering is a rewarding activity for all students, but it can be especially helpful for students with learning disabilities.

By getting outside of the often-limiting academic atmosphere, students who learn differently can discover new and exciting things about themselves and their community.

Most of the time the LD student is an “out of the box thinker ” and this is a perfect way to get involved and display your talents , as well as gain exposure outside of school.

Why Should I Volunteer?

Volunteering has many great benefits, including:

  • Exploring Possible Career Paths: Volunteering exposes you to new fields of interest that you may have never considered before. You might discover that you have a passion for medicine while volunteering at a hospital, or a knack for carpentry while helping to build a house.

  • Improve Your Community: Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community and connect with the people around you.

  • Enhance Your Resume: Volunteering can give you new skills and hands-on experience. And colleges and employers will often favor applicants with volunteer experience.

  • Boost Your Happiness: Volunteering is fun! You get to have new, exciting experiences, and meet people from all walks of life. And afterwards you get a feeling of achievement from a job well done.

Where Should I Volunteer?

There are several well-known service organizations that have chapters throughout the United States.

4-H is an extensive volunteering network that offers programs for students in elementary school through high school. Through 4-H, you have the opportunity to contribute your voice to local politics, participate in community projects, and even design your own project. Look up your local chapter at: http://www.4-h.org/

Habitat for Humanity works to eliminate poverty by providing affordable houses to low-income families across the globe. You can help build these homes or take advantage of Habitat for Humanity’s other excellent volunteer opportunities such as traveling abroad, working with children and retirees, and providing support after a disaster. Find the Habitat for Humanity in your community: http://www.habitat.org/

Key Club is a high school organization where members volunteer in their communities by collecting clothing, running food drives, assisting in soup kitchens, and performing other acts of service. If your high school doesn’t already have a Key Club, you can start your own chapter: http://www.keyclub.org/home.aspx

Local Animal Shelters

Dog Rescue Centers

Local Hospitals

Where Can I Find Other Volunteer Opportunities?

You can also discover other opportunities through :

All for Good (http://www.allforgood.org/) . You can search All For Good’s impressive 150,000 listings by zip code as well as by categories.

VolunteerMatch/org http://www.volunteermatch.org/

Idealist.org http://www.idealist.org/

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The RiSE website is continually adding resources for awareness and to highlight the success of students who  learn differently!

So, now that you have the resources, go out and volunteer in your community!