Covid restrictions make volunteering extra challenging

Jennifer Schillinger – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Earning volunteer hours this school year has become challenging for many Mustangs due COVID-19 limiting volunteer opportunities.

This has caused many Mustangs to join volunteer clubs such as Key Club and Lakewood Leaders in order to access online events.

Key Club secretary senior Emma Foley said, “Many Mustangs participate in online service opportunities such as making cards for kids, writing letters to the elderly, or the program Freerice. Freerice is an online organization hosted by the United Nations World Food Programme where participants answer trivia questions, and in return, the organization donates money to those without food security.”

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These clubs offer many volunteer opportunities in order to cater towards those who prefer to stay distanced.

“These volunteer opportunities are important because it allows eLearners to still participate in helping the community from a distance while still gaining service hours,” continued Foley.

There are also lots of local volunteer opportunities for Mustangs who need volunteer hours.

TOPSoccer is one such annual volunteer program where Mustangs can help children with special needs to play soccer.

Mustangs can earn up to 40 hours over eight weeks doing TOPSoccer.

Freshman Ramiza Sorathia said, “TOPSoccer has allowed me to continue earning hours while also learning how to volunteer with the new COVID-19 restrictions.”