Not only is it a great way to role model community spirit, compassion and building collaboration skills in your child, it also feels great to get out and help!
Our choices for best ideas of volunteering with your kids as a family:
HELP OUT AT A LOCAL ANIMAL SHELTER: Many animal shelters are in need of volunteers to help care for the animals. This could involve tasks such as feeding, grooming, and walking the animals.
JOIN A COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP EFFORT: Many communities have regular clean-up days to help keep public spaces clean and litter-free. You and your family can join in and make a difference in your community.
HELP OUT AT A SOUP KITCHEN OR FOOD BANK: Many soup kitchens and food banks rely on volunteers to help serve meals and distribute food to those in need. This is a great way to give back and make a difference in your community.
VOLUNTEER AT A SCHOOL OR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM: Many schools and after-school programs are in need of volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, such as tutoring, reading to children, assisting with art projects and outings like community walks or field trips like a day at the zoo. While this doesn’t exactly offer volunteer opportunities for kids it does show them you are there for them in their day-to-day life. They’ll be excited to have you with them at school.
HELP OUT AT A SENIOR CENTRE: Senior centres often need volunteers to help with activities, such as playing games, reading, or leading exercise classes. This is a great way to spend time with and make a difference in the lives of older members of your community.
Check with your local community, city, state or province hub for resources on areas that are in need of volunteers right now. Trust me, there is never a shortage of need but not enough hands + feet helping out.