MOUNT CARMEL — Mount Carmel High School students who are interested in community service and building their college resume are encouraged to apply for the city's summer volunteer program.

"Mount Carmel is trying something new this year," Commissioner Joe Judge said during Monday's council meeting. "Teens are often inspired to do community service, whether they are looking for the opportunity to make a difference or to boost their college resumes. But locally there are not very many options until now."

The City of Mount Carmel will be giving 10 to 15 MCHS students a chance to volunteer for either the Wabash County Senior Citizens or city parks department for the summer.

The volunteer commitment would only be for one or two days a week, Judge continued. At the end of the summer, there will be a banquet for participants and their families, where the students will be given a certificate of appreciation with the amount of hours they have worked.

Applicants should select which department they would prefer working with — either senior citizens doing various activities or painting playground equipment at the city park along with other duties.

"In the future we hope to team up with Wabash District 348 to do a joint volunteer program for high school students to be honored on awards night," Judge said.

Those interested may visit City Hall at 214 Market Street and fill out a volunteer application. Judge said the city will take applications for the next two weeks.

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