STATEWIDE — Two Yarmouth High School students have set up an organization to help statewide high school students give back to their communities.
In 2018, Zoe Siegel and Parker Harnett co-founded the organization called How to Help in Maine.
The students were struggling to find out how to get connected to charity and volunteer organizations throughout the state and after many hours of calls and meetings, they founded the organization that connects Maine high school students to over 60 charities in the entire state.
“We just want to make it as easy as possible for people to volunteer, and that’s why we made it, because we want to see students volunteering because they’re so many of them and we really think that students have the power to create change,” Harnett said.
Siegel said that since the organization’s creation, more than 3,000 users have accessed the website to help find volunteer organizations and charities or donate.
This year, the organization is announcing its first annual How to Help in Maine Community Outreach Scholarship.
“We were generously funded by Martin’s Point Healthcare to give two 1500 scholarships to two Maine high school students who have demonstrated innovative work through community service,” Siegel said.
“It’s open to all high school students across the state of Maine and we’re just really excited, we hope that this provides a source of hope and excitement during this year of unconventional events,” Siegel said.