By Sara Dorsey – Outreach Coordinator at Lt. Governor’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism

Happy Earth Day! In celebration, here are some reasons you should volunteer, either for the environment or in other ways! Also find volunteer opportunities at

1. Scholarship Opportunities


Scholarships are available specifically to those who volunteer and give back to their communities. By volunteering, you can find new ways to pay for college.

2. Gain Work Experience


Now is the perfect time to start building your resume! By volunteering, you can develop skills you will need in your future career, and add community service to your resume.

3. References for Jobs and Higher Education


You will need references if you are heading to college, or if you are jumping right into employment. By volunteering regularly, you can network with professionals and receive the references you need.

4. Use Your Skills to Meet Community Needs


Do you love reading? Gaming? Sewing? Whatever your passion may be, you can find a way to use the skills you have to strengthen and improve your community!

5. Make New Friends


By volunteering, you can meet new people and work alongside others who are committed to making a difference.

6. Learn to Lead


Being a volunteer in your community will give you the chance to take charge in community efforts. The leadership skills learned while volunteering will grow your confidence, and will serve you well in college and your future employment.

Learn how to get involved in your community at

Sara Dorsey – Outreach Coordinator
Lt. Governor’s Commission on Service & Volunteerism
300 South Rio Grande Street – Salt Lake City, Utah 84101 | | 801-245-7281