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Teen Volunteering: Online Service Projects

Volunteer from home, earn service hours

Students in grades 7–12: You can help others without leaving home and earn volunteer hours, too! This online teen volunteer program is completely flexible: no library card required; no application or training; volunteer when it fits your schedule; no minimum or maximum hours. Do what you can, when you can! And you'll make a positive difference in the world. 

Spring program runs from January 10 through April 13, 2024.



Volunteer at Home: Activities List Spring 2024

How to volunteer

To earn service hours, you must follow ALL listed directions below

  • Choose from a variety of volunteer activities below that can be completed at home or online.
  • Follow the directions for the activity in the description or on the organization's website to complete your volunteer work. 
    • Note: Each activity has different requirements on how to earn volunteer hours. Check the requirements in the descriptions below to earn volunteer hours. 
  • To get credit for your volunteer activity you must submit a Service Projects form.
    • Take a photo or screenshot of your finished volunteer project (e.g. transcription, letter, card, etc.). You don't have to be in the photo!
      • Upload a photo or screenshot of your volunteer activity to the Service Projects form.
      • Each photo must be saved in either a JPG/JPEG, PNG or PDF format
      • If you do not submit a Service Projects form, you will not receive any credit or hours for your volunteer work.
  • Submit all forms no later than Saturday, April 13, 2024.
  • Staff will review all submissions before awarding service credits or validating hours after the end of the program. 

Note: Avoid sending multiple entries to a single Service Projects Form. It may result in errors or your entry to be rejected.

How this works:

For Example:

The "By the People" activity earns you 1 volunteer hour for each hour you spend transcribing documents.

- If you spent three (3) hours transcribing documents, complete and submit three (3) Service Projects Forms (one for each hour) to earn 3 volunteer hours.

The "Cards for Hospitalized Kids" activity earns you 1 volunteer hour each time you decorate 1 card. 

If you decorate 5 cards one afternoon, submit five (5) Service Projects Forms (one for each card) to earn all 5 volunteer hours. 

The library cannot supervise and fulfill court mandated community service hours.


Service Projects Forms 

When you finish an activity...

  • Include a photo/screenshot with every form
  • No limit on the number of volunteer activities/forms
  • Submit all forms no later than Saturday, April 13, 2024
  • Note: Avoid sending multiple entries to a single Service Projects Form. It may result in errors or your entry to be rejected.

Questions? Contact coordinator Diane Presta at or call 224-543-1486 during library hours.

Service Hours & Certificates

Service hours

Service hours will be totaled for all volunteers who successfully complete activities and submit all forms after the program ends on April 13.


Certificates will be emailed to the email address we have on file. It includes your name, total hours volunteered, and the coordinator's signature. Email Diane Presta at if you did not receive your certificate or have any questions.


Volunteer hours can only be verified after the program ends on April 13. After you receive your certificate, you or your school representative may email verification forms or links to Diane Presta at

Teen Volunteer Coordinator

Contact Information

Diane Presta


Phone: 224-543-1486