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West Virginia State University Communications majors Angelica Willis (left) and Alisha Jarrett walk dogs at the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association as part of WVSU’s sixth annual Cares Day on April 21, 2018. The event saw hundreds of WVSU students dispersed throughout the Kanawha Valley to work at more than 30 volunteer sites.

Many high schoolers need to volunteer for certain reasons, but finding a good place to do it is sometimes difficult. To make it easier, I have compiled a list of the top 4 places that teens can volunteer in the Charleston area.

1. Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit that helps build homes for people in need. It has opportunities to volunteer year -round, but you must be 16 or older to volunteer. Their work involves mostly physical labor.

2. Manna Meal feeds those who are less fortunate. You must be at least 15 years old and this is a program that goes on all year. Manna Meal is located at 105 Quarrier Street, Charleston. Its phone number is 304-345-7121, and to fill out a volunteer form, you can go to their website

3. At the Kanawha-County Humane Association, you can work with cats and dogs by helping walk, feed and train them. You must be 16 years old to volunteer by yourself, but if you are under 16 and would like to volunteer, you may do so with an adult. The Kanawha-Charleston Humane Society is located at 1248 Greenbrier Street, Charleston. Its phone number is 304-342-1576 and its website is You can fill out the volunteer form online and a representative will email you back.

4. At Kanawha County Public Libraries, you can work helping shelf books, taking things around the building, and help with putting on programs. It is only during the summer and accepts ages 12 to 18. You can call 304-343-4646 for more information.

Giving your time to causes around your area can help better the community as a whole, and can help you in many ways you didn’t know.