Volunteering to Prepare for the Future - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Volunteering to Prepare for the Future

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

The Youth Volunteer Corps got a chance to get their hands dirty and help out ZooMontana. The work not only helps organizations out now, but volunteers' futures.

Raking out mulch and clearing tall grass, volunteers laid out a nature trail at ZooMontana for visitors who want to take the road less traveled.

"They were nice enough to let us do a project that helps people enjoy nature and animals which is a focus area a lot of kids like those and it inspires them to get more involved in other projects," said Tari Burt, United Way's volunteer engagement associate.

United Way's Youth Volunteer Corps have service projects throughout the year. Volunteer Sarah Kern has been to all of the summer projects.

"It's really, I think, something that people need to do because so many teenagers and kids don't learn how to put effort in and don't know how to do these kinds of different labors that they do," Kern said. "And it's something that I think everyone should try at least once."

They have volunteered at places from animal shelters to senior homes.

"A big part of service learning we focus on in Youth Volunteer Corps gets them engaged with possible new career choices and just figuring out what they want to do in the world after school," Burt said.

Kern said the projects introduced her to different kinds of work and helped her find her passion.

"If I want to get into some kind of work with animals and animal care and animal sheltering, veterinary, et cetera, I really am learning lots of skills, like with people too," she said.

Kern said she feels more prepared for her future because of her volunteer work.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Getting Down and Dirty for a Good Cause

    Getting Down and Dirty for a Good Cause

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:47 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:47:00 GMT
    The Dirty Dash took place in Billings and over 800 people participated in the dirty run covering over 3 miles, with obstacles designed to test your physical stamina and more importantly, dirty you up.Kayla Mershon with the YMCA said it is fantastic to see people come out and support the YMCA by participating in the Dirty Dash.Along with getting dirty, people came dressed up in a whole of something, or a whole lot of nothing. Some of the most colorful individuals were Batman and His Minions. A...
    The Dirty Dash took place in Billings and over 800 people participated in the dirty run covering over 3 miles, with obstacles designed to test your physical stamina and more importantly, dirty you up.Kayla Mershon with the YMCA said it is fantastic to see people come out and support the YMCA by participating in the Dirty Dash.Along with getting dirty, people came dressed up in a whole of something, or a whole lot of nothing. Some of the most colorful individuals were Batman and His Minions. A...
  • Driver Crashes Near Moore Lane Home

    Driver Crashes Near Moore Lane Home

    Sunday, July 27 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-27 20:45:05 GMT
    A male driver was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after crashing near a home on Moore Lane. According to Billings Police Sergeant Shawn Finnegan, it appeared the accident was medical related.
    A male driver was taken to the hospital Sunday afternoon after crashing near a home on Moore Lane. According to Billings Police Sergeant Shawn Finnegan, it appeared the accident was medical related.
  • Firefighters Gain Control of Lodge Grass Basin Fire

    Firefighters Gain Control of Lodge Grass Basin Fire

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:51 AM EDT2014-07-27 04:51:32 GMT
    Two helicopters are dropping water on the remaining smoke of the Lodge Grass Basin Fire, located in the Bighorn Mountains of the Crow Reservation.
    Two helicopters are dropping water on the remaining smoke of the Lodge Grass Basin Fire, located in the Bighorn Mountains of the Crow Reservation.