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As summer winds down and parents prepare children for another school year, volunteer opportunities start popping up. Here are a few traditional, and outside-the-box ideas, to make a difference this back-to-school season.

Get the whole family involved has resources and opportunities for parents, kids, teens and educators and outlines the benefits of getting the entire family involved in volunteering. Many opportunities and ideas can be find in our own Create The Good article, and you’ll find 10 more family friendly projects here

Inspire and activate though community service

Many students, especially at the high school level, have community service requirements as part of their core curriculum. This helps to teach children the importance of community service, while also providing structure and guidance to make a stronger impact right out of the gate. Contact your local schools to learn about ways in which you can help. Or come up with a few of your own ideas to inspire the next generation of volunteers.

Help the children hit the books

Want to help students sharpen their literacy skills and develop a passion for reading? can show you how to foster inspiration at a young age. For volunteers age 50 and over, check out AARP Foundation Experience Corps or find more than a handful of other opportunities here. Or consider teaming up with to help adults in your community learn how to read. And if one-on-one tutoring is more your style, consider sharing your skills with students as a member of the national tutor registry at

Pay your skills forward

If you’ve earned your stripes in the classroom, and on the job, now is a great time to help aspiring students and professionals take their first steps. Whether you want to help high school seniors with their college applications, or help students land their first job by volunteering to perform mock interviews and resume reviews, you can be the difference that helps give the next generation their competitive edge.

Find even more back-to-school volunteer opportunities with Create The Good when you use our simple, local search.

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