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Volunteer Square 5th Annual High School Essay Contest


Volunteer Square is thrilled to kick off our 5th annual high school essay contest in partnership with our friends at Hearst Connecticut Media. The essay contest invites high school students in Connecticut to tell us “Why volunteering and making an impact on their community is important?”, a free tool that connects volunteers with nonprofit organizations in Connecticut, is committed to providing programs for young people and encouraging high school students to get involved in their communities. We believe the energy and enthusiasm high school students bring to a project, combined with their drive to work hard and give back, are essential components to building stronger volunteer communities.

To enter the contest, tell us, in 500 words or less, “Why volunteering and making an impact on your community important to you?” To be eligible to participate you must be a student, 13 to 21 years old and attend a Connecticut public or private school. Essays will ONLY be accepted Wednesday, November 1, 2017, through Wednesday, November 8, 2017. To submit your essay, email it to Important note: essays received before or after these dates will not be considered. Click here for contest rules and regulations.

Judges from Hearst Media Services Connecticut LLC and Volunteer Square Inc. will select a first, second and third place winner, based on the quality of the essay and how well it addresses the topic of “why volunteering and making an impact on your community important.” Winners will be notified by email by November 17, 2017.


First Place Winner: Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones and $700.

Second Place Winner: Polaroid – Snap Digital Camera with case and $450.

Third Place Winner: $300