By Carrie Seidman
August 4, 2011
Southwest Florida has a lot of older residents with time on their hands, which they often generously devote to local nonprofit organizations.(snip)
But with colleges looking for community service experience on students’ résumés and some scholarships, including Florida’s Bright Futures — even requiring it — volunteering is not just for retirees anymore.
Riverview High senior Sarah Moore found that it can be a challenge for teenagers to find a welcoming organization that is the right fit for their talents. That is why she recently launched a new website designed to connect youth volunteers with nonprofits in Sarasota County that would welcome their help.
“I realized there was a disconnect between the teens and the adults,” says Moore, 17, who is in Riverview’s International Baccalaureate program, an advanced placement track. “I think teens just really don’t know who to contact or whether they’re welcome. To connect them there need to be more adults telling teens they are needed, because a lot of teens don’t realize that.”