Volunteering This Holiday Season Can Be A Meaningful Experience for Students

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Looking for ways to give back to your community this holiday season? There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and make a difference for those in need in Scott County. One doesn’t have to look very far or very hard to find a way to make a contribution to one’s community.  Here are three organizations that would love to have students volunteer with them, not just during the holiday season, but throughout the entire year.

The Amen House, located at 319 E Main St, Georgetown

Their goal is to end hunger in Scott County by having the community share their resources through food or cash donations. They work to support those in need until they reach the point of self-sustainability. At the Amen House, you can volunteer on the third Saturday of each month to help with food clothing and working the front desk.  Students must first submit an online volunteer application (linked below). Xavier Parret, junior at Scott County High shared his experience about volunteering with this organization. “Working at the Amen house is a fun environment; the people are nice and I feel better afterwards.”   

Website: http://amenhouse.org/

Volunteer application: http://amenhouse.org/volunteer/application

The Gathering Place Mission, located at 339 Bourbon Street – Georgetown

The Gather Place is a place where individuals can find new hope and get back on their feet. Their goal is to provide shelter, support, and at least one hot meal a week for homeless men and women. Students can volunteer to work in the office, serve meals through Emmaus Kitchen or through the community kitchen program, help clean up, help lead Bible studies, or lead worship and songs. Those interested can submit an application (linked below) which can be found on their website.

Website: https://www.thegatheringplacemission.com/

Volunteer application: https://www.thegatheringplacemission.com/volunteer-application/

 

Elizabeth’s Village, 207 S Hamilton St, Georgetown

Formerly known as the Scott County Hospitality House, Elizabeth’s Village provides transitional housing and support to women and children. Their goal is to provide a safe place with assistance for women and women with children. Volunteer opportunities for SCHS students include tutoring in the after-school program. Interest students can call the number on their website to get started.  Scott County High School junior Makenzie Barnes volunteered at Elizabeth’s Village and explained what she did to help this organization. “We moved furniture and cleaned out a room, so the normal volunteers could repurpose the room. I really enjoyed my time at Elizabeth’s Village.”

Website:http://www.elizabethsvillage.org/

To conclude, volunteering this season, or throughout the year, doesn’t have to be complicated. Just contact one or more of the organizations above and make your contribution to the community.