Thursday, June 29, 2017 This Week's Paper

Helping Find Volunteers

// Teen connects students with volunteer opportunities

For as long as she can remember, Jackie Yeh has always enjoyed helping people and volunteering for organizations that truly make a difference. The sophomore at Charles Wright Academy is now focusing her efforts on helping her peers discover the volunteer opportunities available and how rewarding the work can truly be. Through her website, teens can discover the opportunities that are out there, while finding volunteer work that appeals to them.

“Volunteering is a great way to meet and connect with new people,” she said. “I hope the website makes it easy for kids to find something they would enjoy.”

The website features listings from 37 organizations, which include mission statements, locations, special training requirements and more. Last summer, Yeh began writing up the site’s content, and officially launched this year.

Yeh herself has volunteered for a variety of organizations, including Stand Up For Kids, Associated Ministries, Tacoma’s Hunger Walk and more. Although she enjoyed volunteering for these particular organizations, she wanted to find a way to connect her fellow students with similar opportunities. After realizing there were limited volunteer options for teens, she decided to take action and link students with the opportunities that do exist throughout the region.

“My ultimate goal for the website is for all teens everywhere to utilize it and to fit the pieces together, one volunteer and one organization at a time,” she said. “I have found that helping others find volunteer work is just as rewarding as volunteering myself.”

For more information about the project, visit