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The National Honors Society’s Favorite Spots for Volunteer Work

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Photo by Fleur Kelly
Alexis Mullins Carrying A Box Filled With Various Items

National Honors Society numbers have shot up to 70 students this year, with many of the students frequenting the same places for their 30 total volunteer hours per school year, 15 per semester.

“Community service is relevant to NHS because service is one of the four tenets NHS is based on,” says NHS advisor Lisa Chinn, “Before a student can be inducted in the NHS they must not only demonstrate scholarship, but a commitment to service as well.”

  • We asked some students to name a few of the most popular spots for NHS students to volunteer.

Community Volunteer Work

“I usually either go to service groups to help out or teachers after school,” said secretary Gissel Tranquilino.

  • Churches
  • Family Businesses
  • Aiding Teachers

Local Programs

There are many local events that the students can participate in and be a part of, these are only a few examples.

  • Parades
  • Events
  • Fundraisers
  • Festivals

“I feel like parades are really good,” said Tranquilino. “Especially around Christmas-time. Also schools do festivals and other local events that involve working with the community.”

Care for The Community

Volunteering at clinics and hospitals also seems to be common within the NHS program.

“I get most of my volunteer hours from assisting Brunswick Physical Therapy,” said NHS student Ashlyn Darby. “If their parents work in healthcare, a lot of people will help take care of the patients, or just help with the paperwork.”

  • Hospitals
  • Family Clinics
  • Petsmart
  • Animal Shelters

Personal Programs

Some students can even choose to make their own programs and to do independent volunteer work rather than a predetermined set of tasks.

“You don’t have to go through an organization,” said vice president Grace Watson. “If it’s something you’re really passionate about, and you want to put the work in, then go ahead and do it yourself.”

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