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10 Fantastically Unique Volunteer Activities by Lion’s Heart Members

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Curing with the Most Kindness 

Lamorinda, California, girls 2020 group made cards for hospitalized children at their meeting.

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Most Constructive Volunteer Opportunity

Larchmont-Mamaroneck, New York, girls 2020 group helped refurbished an abandoned school in Yonkers, NY.

 

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Coldest Opportunity with the Warmest Thanks

Park City, Utah, boys 2022 group collected and donated clothes for Utah Health clinic last winter.

 

 

 

Most Environmentally Friendly Activity

Larchmont-Mamaroneck, New York, girls 2021 group put no polluting stickers on drains around their community.

 

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Cutest Volunteer Opportunity

Fort Worth North, Texas, girls 2022 group volunteered at Dallas Animal Services Adoption Center making chew toys, handing out treats, and reading to dogs.

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The Artsiest Volunteer Project

Virginia Beach, Virginia, boys 2021 group made tissue paper flowers for seniors in their senior center.

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Best Pose with Produce

Trabuco, California, boys 2021 group gleaned the gardens at the Incredible Edible Farm.

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Warmest Donation

Laguna Niguel, California, girls 2022 group made and donated blankets and towels for an animal shelter.

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Sweetest Surprise

Westlake Village, California, girls 2018 group delivered ice cream to fire stations in their community.

 

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Smartest Way to Volunteer

Franklin, Massachusetts, girls 2023 group helped a teacher at Keller Elementary school move classrooms at the end of the year.

Lion’s Heart Senior Spotlight – Natalie P.

Volunteering has always been a huge part of my life. It became even more important to me these past few years, organizations like Lion’s Heart helped me make a positive difference in the lives of others, kept me grounded, and offered me a break from the stress of high school. Whether it was standing in front of my local grocery store collecting for a food drive or making sandwiches for inner city children, Lion’s Heart made me feel like I was really making a difference at a local level and I could see my contribution directly helping people.

Through Lion’s Heart, I was able to further develop my leadership skills and gain confidence to an extent I never would have imagined possible. I started off high school a quiet, shy freshman and by the end of my senior year, I even volunteered to be an emcee at my chapter’s awards night. I spoke in front of hundreds of people! Serving as President of my local Lions Heart chapter, I became more accustomed to sharing my ideas in front of others during my monthly Lion’s Heart meetings. The support my fellow group members gave me was extremely encouraging. Through all of our community service projects, my Lion’s Heart group really bonded and I have so many fond memories volunteering together and really making a difference to the people around us.

Since I was young, I have aspired to become a doctor. After all of my volunteer experiences, I have learned that what really makes me happy is helping others. Becoming a doctor would mean that I could help people on a daily basis, which is exactly what I love about volunteering. I am thrilled to be attending Cornell University next fall, where I will work hard to pursue my dream. I plan to join several volunteer organizations on campus so that I can stay active in my community and continue doing what I love as I work towards achieving my dreams.

Natalie has been a Member of Lion’s Heart’s Ridgefield, Connecticut Chapter 2016 Girls Blue since 2013. Good luck with your studies and thanks for sharing Natalie!!

 

Ways to Volunteer Over Summer Break

With homework and extracurricular school activities finished for the year, what better time to get a variety volunteer activities and experiences under your belt?

Volunteering can lead to a hidden passion that you may want to pursue in college, it can give you a sense of community and belonging, and it can look great to those college admissions officers and employers!

With school out, summer is a prime time to earn some volunteer hours.

Here are some ideas to help in your community this summer:

  • Volunteer at the library. Most libraries provide reading programs for small children, they are always looking for volunteers.

  • Help at Relay for Life or another walk/run for charity.

  • Volunteer at a hospital or senior center, make some time to visit and entertain them. There is no doubt that they will appreciate it.

  • Volunteer at your local soup kitchen or food pantry to get supplies packed up and to serve food to the homeless.

  • Volunteer at an animal shelter. Walk the dogs, be a companion for the animals.

  • Donate some old toys, blankets, shoes and clothing to a homeless shelter.

  • Make homemade cards with your friends to send to soldiers overseas or to deliver to your local hospital’s children’s ward to cheer them up.

  • Help with a beach or park clean up.

  • Volunteer at a local summer camp

  • Volunteer to help get teachers classrooms ready for the new school year.

Summer just started and what better way to earn hours and enjoy your summer than to volunteer some of that down time to others in need.

Giving back to your community can not only help others but can make you feel REALLY good!

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Crossing the Border and Giving Back

Many teens who are a part of the Lion’s Heart volunteer organization have helped others in need by getting involved in their community in meaningful and fun ways. Most often these volunteer opportunities take place in the United States and are near the Lion’s Heart chapter areas. It’s important not to forget that giving back can affect communities and families off the grid and even in a different country. For example, I had the opportunity to travel to Mexico and build a house for a family in need with the Corazon organization last summer. The members of Corazon emphasize that everyone can learn how to make a difference in someone’s life and that coming together as a team is one of the best ways for that to be accomplished. Having been a member of the San Clemente,CA. Girls Blue 2018 group for the past two years, I’ve learned how to work with others and create relationships with the new people I meet along the way. This journey to Mexico was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had and taught me many valuable lessons.

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I travelled to Tijuana with a group of determined volunteers to build a house in just one day! Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve travelled to Mexico with my family, but last summer I wanted to give back to their wonderful community. The members of Corazon had informed our group that these houses are built for families who have given back to their communities for an extensive amount of time and have earned this gift. This task seemed overwhelming to us, but by working alongside the family that would receive this new house, we pushed forward and continued to work together. The family that received this home had two teenage boys who were very eager to join in and help the group. Their mother, a woman who did not speak any english, had prepared her own homemade tamales for the volunteers that contributed to the house. When the day was coming to a close, their mother expressed tears of joy as she saw her new home and thanked us for giving her and her sons a new place to live. It was incredible to see how the work that the volunteers and I had done would have such a lasting impact of this family.

Through this volunteer opportunity, I gained an amazing experience outside the country. I was exposed to seeing a group of people come together and help a family who had earned this incredible gift. Being a member of Lion’s Heart is a great opportunity for teens to reach out to others and take their leadership skills to communities much farther than those we have given back to before.

Written by Lion’s Heart Member and Summer Intern Reese Thomas, Member of San Clemente, CA Girls Blue 2018 Group.

 

Can Volunteering Make You Have More Time?

From our friends at Forcefield.me, a great article about volunteers feel like they actually have more time! Strange, yes, we know.

Call it a completely counterintuitive phenomenon, but it turns out that volunteering may actually make you feel like you have more time. Yes, it makes little sense. For those of us already stretched thin with commitments, how could volunteering our precious hours make our time feel more plentiful?

Yet research suggests, that’s exactly the case.

A 2012 study, by researchers at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Yale’s School of Management, and Harvard Business School, found that people who spend time on others are more likely to feel they have more time themselves.

Researchers performed a series of experiments in which they asked two groups to complete different assignments — spending 10 minutes on themselves versus 30 minutes on others, or helping someone with a task versus leaving a meeting early. They found that those who helped other people perceived that they themselves had more time — a feeling the researchers call “time affluence.”

Read the entire article here.

For more information on Lion’s Heart see our website lionsheartservice.org.

5 Lessons Teens Learn When They Volunteer

We are thrilled to have the opportunity to guest blog on VolunteerSpot.

Community service is becoming a pillar in the edifice of American teenagedom. While school, sports, and even camp can be tightly scheduled and scripted experiences for students, community service offers an authentic, unscripted experience in contrast. Whether it’s serving hours towards a volunteer goal with a school group, going on Mission Trips with their faith community, or simply helping others with friends or family, volunteering is a life-changing, life-prepping activity young people should experience.

These key lessons and takeaways are the strongholds of why:  Read more here.

For more information on Lion’s Heart see our website lionsheartservice.org.

This week is National Volunteer Week, so how are YOU going to volunteer?

At Lion’s Heart, we encourage our Members to get out there and give back.

Serve your community with other Lion’s Heart Members, individually, or bring a friend along to share the experience of making a difference. By volunteering, teens are not only showing their compassion and empathy for their favorite causes, they’re learning to lead, and boosting their college resumes in the process. Research shows that teens who volunteer are happier and feel more connected to others in their community. We encourage you to get out there and volunteer!

Here are 7 easy ways you and your teen can volunteer this week:

  1. Animal Shelters

Local animal shelters almost always need volunteers. You can be a dog walker, do administrative work, or even be a pet soother. Fostering an animal is also a wonderful way to give back. Volunteer Match has a lot of animal based volunteer opportunities and you can also visit the Humane Society for a list of shelters near you.

  1. Food Banks or Soup Kitchens

Food pantries and soup kitchens can always use a hand organizing a local food drive or serving hot meals to those in need. FoodPantries.org and Feeding America is a great way to find a place that needs volunteers!

  1. Community or National Parks/Beaches

Go outdoors and enjoy the scenery while helping to clean up at the beach or local park. Try Volunteer Clean Up to find activities near you.

  1. Red Cross

You can give blood, or you can volunteer with the American Red Cross. They have a youth sign-up form on their website.

  1. Local Libraries

Libraries usually need help organizing the book shelves, helping kids with their homework, and special events like book signings and special programs. Libraries, also, typically have a summer reading program where teens can volunteer to read to the younger kids over their summer break. Check your local library!

  1. Retirement Homes/Senior Centers

Find your local senior center. You can offer to run errands or be a companion for a senior. Check out Create the Good and Elder Helpers.

  1. Champion Your Own Cause

Care about the drought?  Children in war-torn areas?  A specific disease that’s affected a friend or family member?  The opportunity to make a difference stretches as far as your imagination.  DoSomething.Org has some great examples of do-it-yourself service projects.

Volunteering is rewarding in so many ways. So, BE the change you want to see in the world, and give back to your community!

Lion’s Heart inspires teens to have a positive impact in their communities through leadership and participation in volunteering, providing needed resources for causes that ignite their passions. Join us!

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Lion’s Heart Ridgefield Chapter Lends a Helping Hand

Ridgefield Boys articleThe Lion’s Heart Boys, Class of 2021 group in Ridgefield, CT collected over 100 coats and boxes of books to donate to Family and Children’s Aid in Danbury, Connecticut. Family and Children’s Aid (FCA) is a not-for-profit organization that provides innovative mental health care and therapeutic support for children and their families. The boys were able to get a tour of the facility and learn about services offered by FCA.

“Lion’s Heart is different from any other teen volunteer organization in the country,” said Terry Corwin, Lion’s Heart Founder. “Not only do we encourage integrity and a sense of community responsibility, we are also dedicated to developing leadership skills. It is our mission to help our Members develop skills at Lion’s Heart that will help them achieve success throughout life. What also sets us apart is that our Members do not participate in any fundraising.”

Currently, the Lion’s Heart chapter in Ridgefield has 354 active Members in 24 groups organized by age and gender. “This was so different than simply donating coats and books. Touring the facility, having mental health care explained, and realizing how many children and families have passed through FCA, really resonated with the boys. Our group has committed to continue volunteering with Family and Children’s Aid,” said Julia Bruce, the Lion’s Heart Class Coordinator for Ridgefield Boys Class of 2021.

Lion’s Heart has 49 chapters and nearly 5000+ Members across the country. The Laguna Hills, California-based organization mobilizes Members into groups so they can volunteer for various non-profit and philanthropic organizations. Each group of teen Members elect their own officers and run their own meetings. With this structure, Members have the power to choose how they want to serve the community. For additional information about Lion’s Heart, including enrollment questions, where existing chapters are located, and how to start a new chapter, please visit us or contact our membership coordinator, Ashley von Gremp, or 800-894-8877 ext.108.

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Save two lives today, just by taking a few minutes out of your time and donating your blood! On July 17th from 8:00am-2:00pm a Blood Drive is taking place at Coto Golf and Raquet Club main clubhouse.

Volunteers are needed for two hours shifts to check in people and help at the refreshment table.  Contact Corey Tabor at Corey.Tabor@ourclub.com