Carolinas Medical Center offers year-round volunteer opportunities for students 14-18. Volunteer Services looks for mature, self-driven, dependable teens seeking to serve patients, families and staff members on a weekly basis. To obtain an application, students and one parent must attend a 45-minute pre-application meeting. This will outline the various positions offered, program requirements and what the application process entails. The summer session is June 20-Aug. 12. Applications are due no later than April 30; schedule a pre-application meeting by calling 704-355-2105 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Ronald McDonald House, which offers free housing for out-of-town families in crisis whose children are in the hospital, offers volunteer work for groups of teens (they must be accompanied by an adult). The house provides fresh-baked cookies and dinner for guests staying at the house every day, plus bingo and craft nights for guests. To work on a cookie crew, meal team, bingo or craft team, groups can sign up at www.rmhofcharlotte.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is accepting applications for its summer volunteer program, designed for Charlotte-area teens (13-17, must turn 13 by June 12 to be eligible). This is a highly competitive program with limited spaces, so applicants need to come prepared for a professional interview. Students will grow with ongoing feedback and an evaluation at the end of the program. Last year, about 100 teen volunteers contributed some 3,900 hours at 14 locations. Students can volunteer at any library location in Charlotte, except Main Library. Submit applications through www.libraryloft.org April 1-30. All applicants must be students (public, private or home-schooled), and they will be asked to attend an orientation prior to volunteering. The program runs June 12-August 10. (At left, volunteer Prajesh Singh, helps at Cornelius Library.)
Have a volunteer opportunity for teens this summer? Email Brittany Penland at email@example.com.