Volunteering as a family sends a powerful message to your children about the importance of being kind and giving to others. Helping others teaches children to be empathetic, have higher self-esteem, and will encourage them to continue volunteering as they get older.
It is never too early to involve your children in volunteer opportunities. Read on for examples of age-appropriate volunteer projects.
Volunteer Projects for Preschoolers
- Raid your pantry or go grocery shopping to pick out canned goods, or other needed food items, to donate to your local food pantry. Be sure to bring your child when dropping off the items to show them how impactful their actions are!
- Pick flowers and make a card to brighten residents at a nursing home.
- Organize a toy drive with your child and their friends. Have your child choose toys they are no longer interested in and bring them to a community center.
- Let your child choose a couple of dog toys to donate to the humane society.
- Pick up trash at the park.
Volunteer Projects for Elementary School Kids
- Go to the humane society and read to the dogs.
- Start a donation piggy bank. Decide where your child wants to donate their funds to.
- Bake cookies and deliver them to the local fire department.
- Collect art supplies such as markers, crayons, and coloring books to donate to a community center.
Volunteer Projects for Middle School Kids
- Teach your child about the organization, Locks of Love, and if interested, your child can grow their hair out to donate to children who have lost theirs.
- Organize a car wash with friends and donate the earnings to a local charity.
- Volunteer at a food bank with your family. You can find information on local food banks by visiting https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank.