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Community Service

A Community Service binder with information on various local volunteer opportunities will be available at the Underground in Centereach and at the Adult Selden Reference desk. For more information, please call 631-585-9393 ext 115.

Community Service Opportunities

In the Library

The Library offers a number of volunteer opportunities each year for qualified, motivated middle school and high school students who are in sixth to twelfth grade.  By sharing their time and talents, teen volunteers develop new skills and learn about the Library’s mission, public services and core values.  Whether working to fulfill a school commitment, to build a winning resume, or to serve the community, our volunteers have the advantage of exposure to a broad variety of activities.  The library is proud to provide these programs and opportunities through the support of The Allstate Foundation’s Good Starts Young grant, which supports teen empowerment and volunteerism – for more information about this grant and the associated programs, visit www.readinessbeginswithme.org.  The following is a list of the volunteer programs offered to students within the Middle Country Central School District.  All programs require an application, training or pre-registration in order to participate.

Grades 6-12

  • Buddy Programs:  All first time volunteers for Art Buddies, Book Buddies, Techno Buddies, and Math Buddies must register for and attend the Buddy Training program in order to qualify. Training dates are listed in the library’s MCPL Quarterly program catalog.
    • Art Buddies– Work with young children on art and craft projects.
    • Book Buddies– Read stories to young children.
    • Techno Buddies– Read and play computer games with young children.
    • Lego Buddies- Earn community service while assisting children in Kindergarten to 4th grade with creating LEGO projects.
    • Green Teens– Discuss environmental issues, work on eco-friendly projects, and go on field trips. Click HERE for application.
  • Crochet for a Cause- Learn to knit newborn caps.  Completed projects will be donated to local hospitals.  Check the library’s MCPL Quarterly for program dates.

Grades 7-12

  • Teen Advisory Council- Help plan and implement library programs for all ages, provide input on teen services at MCPL, and volunteer at various library events. Click HERE for application.
  • Teen Book Reviewer Program-Read and review books from the most recent lists of award winning books for Young Adults published by the American Library Association.  Reviews will be displayed in the library, posted on the Library’s Teen webpage. Click HERE for the application and guidelines online. If you need help picking a book, check out these FICTION or NON-FICTION books.

Grades 9-12

  • Homework Pals- Work with students in grades 1-5 who need help with their homework. Click HERE to register.

Students are advised to apply for volunteer openings early in the school year as space is limited in some programs.  Upon receipt of an application, teens will be contacted when there are volunteer openings.



Community Service Opportunities

In the Community

The Library has put together a Teen Volunteer Opportunities binder available in the youth and teen services areas of the library providing information on agencies and organizations in Suffolk County that accept teen volunteers.  Age eligibility varies by agency and some organizations do require parental supervision.  The following is a list of agencies that welcome teen assistance, click on the agency for more information:

The Adoption Center

American Red Cross

American Littoral Society-Beach Clean Ups

Atria Senior Living- South Setauket- please call (631) 473-8000

Avalon Park S.T.A.T.E. Program

Bethel Hobbs Community Farm


Centereach Youth Civic Association

Centereach Junior Fire Department

Coastal Steward

Energeia for Teens

Great Strides of Long Island

The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind

Habitat for Humanity

League of Yes

Long Island Blood Services

Long Island Cares

Long Island Explorium– Contact Carole Van Duyn

Long Island Greenbelt

Long Island State Veterans Home at Stony Brook

Make-A-Wish Foundation

Mather Hospital

Pal-O-Mine Equestrian


Riverhead Foundation

Ronald McDonald House

Save-A-Pet: Port Jefferson

Selden-Centereach Youth Association

Selden Civic Association

Selden Junior Fire Department

Special Olympics

St. Charles HospitalCall Volunteer Services at (631) 474-6365

Stony Brook Hospital

Suffolk County Police Explorers

Sunshine Prevention Center– please call (631) 476-3099

Sweetbriar Nature Center

Town of Brookhaven- Adopt a Spot

Town of Brookhaven Highway Department- Holtsville Ecology Site

Town of Brookhaven- Youth Bureau

Ward Melville Heritage Youth Corps

West Meadow Beach Clean-Up- please call (631) 751-7863