Ben’s Lighthouse believes that service and volunteering provide essential building blocks for compassion, empathy and connection for young people. Kids and teens who volunteer develop an increased sense of social responsibility, empathy, and social connectedness with peers, adults and people from other communities and cultures. These experiences can be life-changing in many ways including increasing multicultural awareness, giving a sense of purpose, direction, and providing valuable perspective.

Through a variety of local service learning projects, participants have an opportunity to make a difference in their community and beyond. These projects allow kids and teens to learn about social issues and how they as individuals can have an impact in the world. Our projects make a real difference in a broad span of issues including hunger, homelessness, veterans, animal welfare, senior citizens, refugees, children impacted by trauma and adversity, and communities dealing with the aftermath of disaster.

By getting involved in a hands-on way, young people learn how to turn empathy into action to create change in their community and beyond. By working together to plan and lead projects, they develop valuable leadership skills and are empowered to make service a part of their lives.

Plus, it’s a lot of fun and a great way to make new friends!