Job and Volunteer Information
While the library strives to provide volunteer opportunities for teens, there is no guarantee that teens will be able to complete a set number of hours in any given time. Therefore if you are required to complete community service hours within a certain time, it is recommend that you seek other volunteer opportunities (see below).
The first step to becoming a Teen Volunteer is to join our Teen Advisory Group. This group meets one Monday a month at 7 PM. Teens receive one hour of community service for every meeting attended. The Teen Advisory Group helps plan library events (both for teens and younger children), talks about books, movies and more, all while snacking and chatting. TAG Members have the ability to sign up for other volunteer opportunities as they occur. This might be cleaning books or shelves, helping to prepare for children’s programs, decorating the room for a season or holiday, or anything else that comes up.
If you are unable to attend TAG meetings, we have the ability to offer more hours in the summer. Applications for summer volunteering are accepted the first 2 weeks in May. More information will be available about this program closer to May. A parent must sign the Teen Volunteer's application form to give permission for the young person's service in the library.
VIDEO BOOK REVIEWS
You can also earn community service by submitting video book reviews for the library's YouTube channel. Teens are encouraged to submit up to four reviews in a month and will earn 15 minutes of community service for each review. Reviews can be recorded at home, in the library or by BCAT. For more information, contact Nicole. To see video reviews by the staff, visit our YouTube Channel.
OTHER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
If the library’s schedule doesn’t work for you here are a few websites and ideas for where else you might want to volunteer.
This website allows you search volunteer opportunities near you. This might bring you to an opportunity you wouldn’t think to search on your own. You also can search by opportunities good for Teens – ensuring they will accept volunteers under 18.
The Burlington Food Pantry has several volunteer jobs with different volunteer times available. Get started by filling out the volunteer form on their website.
Animal shelters often need help walking dogs, cleaning litter boxes and feeding the animals. You’ll need to contact the animal shelter nearest you to see if they are currently accepting new volunteers.
Nursing homes often want volunteer to come and socialize with their residents. Talk, play games and more. Again you would need to contact the individual nursing home you were interested in volunteering at for more information and their specific requirements.
CREATING A RESUME
You can find example resumes and resume templates online, but the library subscribes to a service for you! That way you don’t have to pay for one.
CYPRESS RESUME [In Library] [At Home]
Remote access for Burlington cardholders only
Resume building software that allows you to create professional-quality resumes. If you have trouble using the resource you can book a librarian to help you.
Don’t have any work experience and are unsure what to add to your resume? Try these:
- Volunteering: volunteer jobs are just jobs you don’t get paid for and are as great on your resume as any other job.
- Extracurriculars: add any afterschool activities you participate in. Be sure to highlight any leadership rolls you have in these organizations.
- Your GPA: are you on the honor roll? Taking AP classes? Think about highlighting these achievements.
- Awards: whether athletic, artistic or academic – add a section so your potential employers know just how great everyone else already thinks you are.
As you gain work experience, you can slowly remove these from your resume.
This website is great for those who want to babysit, pet sit, walk dogs and more. You can create an online profile so people can find you as well as search for jobs in your area.
JOB SEARCHING SITES
Retail stores and restaurants do not always advertise online, but rather with a sign in the window. Take a walk around the mall or a drive around town to see if anyone is advertising.