H.A.L.O.'s Family Circle respite program is being featured as a worthy cause on a Massachusetts website that matches teenagers with community service opportunities.

2Volunteer is operated by parents connected to Concord-Carlisle High School, where students must perform 40 hours of community work to receive a diploma.

"What we try to do is steer kids away from acts that are more perfunctory, and connect them with real learning experiences," says David Holdorf, executive committee member. The respite program exposes them to people with totally different needs. It's the kind of service that helps a kid in this very privileged community realize there is something else going on out there.

Family Circle's respite program and its overseer Jewish Family & Children's Service are listed under several categories on the group's website. Students select their own areas of interest, contact the agencies, then have their hours verified by supervisors at the sites.

"We think this kind of service is an important a part of education,:" says David.

To learn more about 2Volunteer, visit http://mail.colonial.net/~2volunteer/pages. Click here to learn more about Family Circle.