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Old 09-09-2009, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Taylors, SC
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I'm looking for a place for my 14 year old step-son to do some volunteering. Preferably working with a food shelter or a place that helps the homeless and needy.
The problem is, everything I can find either has a minimum age of 16, or is only available during the hours he's in school.

Does anyone know of any volunteer opportunities for a 14 year old to do after school?

Thanks!
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:23 PM
 
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check out the Key Club at his school, they may be a good starting point, the greenville humane society takes 14 yr olds, they must take a volunteer initiation program they run first, my child did it and enjoyed this alot.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:26 PM
 
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Why couldn't he go into a local nursing home and read to someone who no longer can read themselves? Or heck, just keep one of the residents company. There are a lot of people in nursing homes who don't get many/any visitors.

It might do him a lot of good, and what senior citizen doesn't love to have a new audience for their stories!?
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Old 09-10-2009, 04:09 PM
 
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My son is 14 also and he does work once a month at a soup kitchen, around christmas time he also helps to wrap gifts for the salvation army.
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Old 09-10-2009, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Taylors, SC
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Thank you all for your suggestions. My goal is to hopefully help him become a little bit more appreciative of what he has. He's been getting into trouble lately and nothing is working (i.e. grounding, reasoning, taking away privileges), so I thought adding in some community service could be a constructive consequence for his actions.
When I was in my late teens I started working in a soup kitchen and it really changed my perspective.
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