PEBBLE TOSSERS... start a ripple of giving
Pebble Tossers is a youth development organization empowering & enriching the lives of youth through community service & leadership opportunities. Additionally, Pebble Tossers provides a volunteering resource designed for kids, teens & families to get matched with age-appropriate service opportunities & create a civic transcript of their volunteer history. Founded in 2008, the organization today has over 16,000 volunteers serving 120 local nonprofits representing 12 different cause areas. Since 2008, the community impact of their volunteer efforts is valued at over $1,298,800.
Services provided by Pebble Tossers
Hosting monthly Community Service Projects, which involve hands on service projects that benefit local nonprofits, Pebble Tossers exposes kids, teens & families to new organizations and cause areas; expands their perspective of the world; and empowers them with the tools needed to make postive change in their community. Pebble Tossers proudly partners with many local schools providing Days of Service, presentations, student and parent workshops.
Pebble Tossers Volunteer Foundations Program is a series of youth development workshops that include s our Volunteer 101 classes, our teenWAVE (Work, Advocate, Volunteer, Educate) and GIVE programs (Grow, Inspire, Volunteer, Engage).
The website features urgent needs in the community, posts helpful articles relating to timely or seasonal needs & utilizes a custom search engine to match hundreds of service projects with local non-profits in our database. Additionally, members can record planned & recorded service hours in our online Civic Transcript which can be used for schools, applying to college, & for civic and/or faith-based organization requirements.
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Youth Development Benefits of Volunteerism
Youth who participate in volunteerism & community service benefit in many ways:
Young people gain access to the range of supports and opportunities they need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible.
Increased sense of self-efficacy as young people learn that they can impact real social challenges, problems, and needs.
Higher academic achievement and interest in furthering their education.
Enhanced problem-solving skills, ability to work in teams, & planning abilities.
Enhanced civic engagement attitudes, skills and behaviors. Many leaders in public service today attribute being inspired & shaped through early experiences in community service or volunteering.