Volunteer Programs for Teenagers in Yuba City, California

by Anne Reynolds

Yuba City, located in Northern Sacramento Valley, combines large city services with small town friendliness. Much of Yuba City’s quality of life is due to numerous volunteers. The city provides many opportunities for teens to help out in the community, whether it is assisting in a nationally-known organization, shelving books at the local library, mentoring younger kids or joining a school club that directly benefits the community.

City of Yuba City

Yuba City’s government seat welcomes teenage volunteers in many different areas, building a strong partnership between city workers and the community. Whatever skills your teenager possesses, chances are she will find a niche volunteering with the city. Introduce her to an office environment, performing volunteer data entry, mass mailings or basic accounting. Put her computer skills to work troubleshooting software programs or helping teach a beginner computer class. Tap into her athletic ability coaching a youth sport or get her outdoors planting and maintaining flowers and shrubs.

Rideout Health

If your teen dreams about entering some phase of the medical field, Rideout Health may help her decide which area to pursue. The Junior Volunteer Program, in existence since 1959, gives teenagers hands-on experience in a medical environment. Fremont Medical Center Auxiliary starts teens working in the gift shop, running station errands and delivering flowers to patients. If working with seniors is your teen’s specialty, skilled nursing, assisted living and dementia facilities provide an excellent opportunity to work with older adults. Whether she is helping with recreational activities and field trips or spending time with a senior, your teen will have multiple chances to put her empathy skills to work.

Habitat for Humanity

Yuba City’s branch of Habitat for Humanity dates back to 1993 and is committed to helping low income families build their own home using donated materials and labor. As long as your teen is 16, she can volunteer. Not only do volunteers learn the ins and outs of the construction trade, the satisfaction gleaned from watching a house built from scratch is beyond measure. Whether your teenager wants to work a day, a month, labor through summer vacation or sign up for a specific task, the online construction calendar makes it easy to work whatever days will fit into your teen’s busy schedule.

Red Cross

What natural disaster hasn’t occurred without the Red Cross being one of the first organizations on the scene? Whether your teen wants to be personally prepared in the event of an emergency or has the compassion to help others in tragic situations, volunteering for the Red Cross trains her in the essentials of disaster relief. Not only can your teenager sign up to volunteer in Youth Engagement Services, she may want to put her leadership skills to the test starting a Red Cross Club at her high school. Red Cross Clubs not only perform projects helping their own school, but their community and the world as well.

About the Author

Anne Reynolds is a writer who has worked for the U.S. government, the public school system and as a public library specialist. She began writing in 1990 and has contributed articles to various online publications.

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