Volunteerism - Lesson 2

Contributor: Shannon Malkovsky. Lesson ID: 10184

In this 2nd of 2 lessons, you will plan and carry out a volunteering project and reflect on your experience. You may discover hidden talents! Fasten your seatbelt; it's going to be an exciting ride!


Civics, Practical Life Skills

Life Skills
learning style
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Picture yourself a month from now with new friends; better communication, organization, and leadership skills; and having made a difference in someone's life. You may be asking yourself how all of this can happen in just one month. Well, it can happen in one month — possibly sooner. This lesson can help make it happen!

“The ocean is made of drops” (Mother Teresa).

What does this quotation mean to you?

In the previous Related Lesson, found in the right-hand sidebar, you learned about volunteerism, altruism, and social responsibility, and how they relate to one another. You also researched a famous altruistic person and related what he or she has done to what you can do in the future. Today, we will be focusing more on you and how you can make a difference in your community.

First, take a moment to review some of the things you learned in Lesson 1. What does it mean to be a volunteer? A volunteer is someone who shares his or her time, effort, and talent for a need or the common good without getting paid.

You also discussed some benefits of volunteering in the previous lesson. Please watch the Hands4Hope - Youth Making A Difference video below to learn about more of the benefits of volunteering. After watching the video, write down the benefits of volunteering that the volunteers discussed in the video. What are some other ways that you can benefit from volunteering?


Since the last lesson, have you thought about what type of volunteer work would you want to do? To help you decide how you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, jot down the answers to these self-examination questions:

  • What do I enjoy?
  • What skills and talents can I offer?
  • How can my skills and talents help a community organization?
  • What values and experiences would I like to explore?

After you've considered the above answers, move on to the Got It? section to research some local areas of need.

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