Volunteering DO's and DON'Ts

Volunteering is an awesome way to try out new things, meet new people and grow as a person! Here are some tips that will help to make your volunteer experience as successful as possible.


  • Show up on time – Whether it is in-person or virtual, showing up when you say you will, shows that you are reliable and ready to work. Of course, sometimes life happens, and we are absent or late for things and that’s OK! Just let your supervisor know what is going on.
  • Try your best – Pushing yourself to trying new things and being willing to make mistakes will help you grow not only as a volunteer, but also as a person.
  • Treat people with respect – As volunteers, we want to create a positive environment where people treat each other and the work they do with respect and care.


  • Get too distracted – It’s tempting to look at your phone to respond to texts or check notifications, but it should be turned off or put away while you are volunteering. Save the texting and replies for your break or after your shift.
  • Overcommit – As a high school student, you have responsibilities like school that take priority over volunteering. You need to be realistic with yourself about the amount of energy and time you can commit to something.
  • Risk your safety – Volunteer organizations must observe work safety standards. If you feel unsafe doing a particular task, you have the right to refuse to do it. Your safety and well-being should always come first.