BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston is a place packed with students who are active in their communities and involved in extra-curriculars activities. Many will go the extra mile and volunteer outside of school, too.
There are a variety of activities and causes to give time to, ranging from volunteering at hospitals, to coaching childrens’ sports, to caring for animals at shelters. The school assists in keeping the student body informed with new service opportunities and tasks alike for them to pursue.
A handful of students have taken volunteer jobs at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Junior Erin Dindial, who volunteers there five hours a week, said, “So far, my experience as an Overlook Volunteer has been truly enjoyable. It has only further confirmed my interest in pursuing a future career in the medical field.”
Volunteers at Overlook Hospital may deliver monitors where they are needed, send different specimens to the laboratory, and even be involved in the discharging of patients. This opportunity is great for teens who wish to further their education if they have a true interest in the medical field, not to mention, the gratifying feeling that comes with it.
Some students enjoy spending time volunteering at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Shelter, caring for dogs and cats. An important part of their jobs includes socializing the older animals that have yet to be adopted and need interaction.
Sophomore Mary Kane has had an enjoyable experience volunteering at the shelter. Kane said, “As members of the youth task force, we are encouraged to interact with cats and dogs to give them the attention they need, as shelters can get exceedingly lonely for animals of all kinds.”
St. Huberts also has the volunteers fundraise in order to put money towards their outreach program that transports dogs to safe homes for fostering.
Relay for Life is one of the more popular organizations that students enjoy participating in. Junior Brianna Cagan has a strong presence in the Relay organization. Cagan said, “ I am co-chair of the youth planning committee, so that means I basically help plan Relay from the youth perspective to keep it fun.”
Relay for Life does plenty of fundraising to put towards cancer research. Cagan finds it very fulfilling and rewarding to see the community come together and fight against cancer.
Students who enjoy helping out and have some free time on their hands are certainly encouraged by the school to partake in community service opportunities. Any assistance goes a long way, both for those in need, and for those who volunteer themselves.