S.H.OUT-U.C. Community Service

Students Helping Out Union County (S.H.OUT-U.C.) Community Service Program

Latoya K. Bennett, Assistant Youth Opportunity Coordinator and Supervisor
E-mail: lbennett@ucnj.org
Phone: 908-558-2525
Address: 1143-1145 East Jersey Street, 4th Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Katerin Farias, S.H.OUT-U.C. Program Coordinator
E-mail: shout@ucnj.org
Phone: 908-558-2524
Address: 1143-1145 East Jersey Street, 4th Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Youth can be referred by: Self, friends, family, school administrators, non-profits organizations, and community

S.H.OUT-U.C. offers a wide range of resources and volunteer opportunities that give middle/high school students (12-18) the best volunteer experience. S.H.OUT-U.C. accepts applications on an on-going basis from youth looking to serve their communities, complete required high school community service hours, supplement their college applications, or to get involved. Our success has always been a result of the involvement of our citizens, community leaders and business owners who care about the future of Union County youth. Click here to fill out the application.

Benefits of Community Service Youth who volunteer just one hour or more a week are 50% less likely to abuse alcohol, cigarettes, become pregnant, or engage in other destructive behavior. Teens say the benefits received from volunteering are:

  • Learning to respect others; learning to be helpful and kind
  • Learning to understand people who are different
  • Developing leadership skills, becoming more patient, and
  • A Better understanding of citizenship

Source:  University Of Nevada Reno Cooperative Extension Fact Sheet- 03-23 Young Volunteers: The Benefits Of Community Service