Teaching kids to be a better person with volunteerism is one of the best ways to help your child grow into a wonderful person.
Volunteer opportunities help children to understand the importance of giving back and it allows them to help better their community.
As a mom of three young children, many volunteer opportunities aren’t for young children, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be able to volunteer! Young kids love to be given a task and these nine places are great for you to volunteer with kids.
9 Great Places to Volunteer With Kids
1. Local Food Pantries
Many local food pantries need volunteers and are more than happy to let families with kids volunteer. While kids won’t always be able to help with everything, there are some ways kids can help food pantries like organizing a community food drive, and helping prepare food boxes for needy families.
2. Animal Shelters
Animal shelters are great places for kids to start their volunteerism journey. Animal shelters can literally use as many volunteers as they can get. There’s a lot to do there. Some of the ways kids may be able to volunteer include; feeding animals, cleaning cages, and playing with the animals.
If volunteering at an animal shelter isn’t for you, consider donating old blankets and pet food for the animals.
Even if you don’t have a church family, yet, you can still offer to volunteer with kids at a local church. Most churches are involved in community outreach and can always use a helping hand. If you can’t help with community outreach, some other things you may be able to participate in is helping with yard work, church work, and other things that the church needs to be done.
4. Help an Elderly or Sick Neighbor
When it comes to volunteering, many people seem to forget that sometimes ordinary people may need a little help. Maybe it’s your mom, or a sick neighbor, either way, there’s always some way you can help someone else.
In fact, just a few weeks ago, we helped clean my elderly grandmother’s house. It was a small task, but something too big for her to do on her own. I found it silly that she was going to pay someone just to do a basic task, but for many, that’s their only option. Whenever you and your child volunteer to help an elderly or sick person in need, you may end up feeling shocked by how much they need you.
5. Visit a Nursing Home
I used to work as a nursing assistant, lifetimes ago, it was an experience that I seriously don’t miss, but one that taught me so much. So many elderly folks in nursing homes usually spend their evenings alone with no family. It’s so sad.
That’s why volunteering with kids at a nursing home is a wonderful idea. The folks in nursing homes love kids and kids can learn a lot from them.
Other than just visiting the nursing home, there are many other ways kids can help, so be sure to call your local nursing home and find out what you can do.
6. Collect and Put Together Boxes
If you can’t find the time to go somewhere and volunteer time, you and your child can still volunteer by collecting items and making boxes.
You can keep the box themes for back-to-school supplies for the needy, Christmas gifts, or personal hygiene items for the homeless. These boxes can always be used and you will always feel good giving them away.
7. Deliver Meals
If you have a few extra hours during the day, you and your child could volunteer to deliver meals for non-profits like Meals on Wheels.
Meals on Wheels provide meals for local seniors to keep them from hunger and isolation. While it’s a great organization, young children are not always allowed to volunteer, but older ones can. Be sure to check with your local branch for their volunteerism guidelines.
8. Help Out at a Local Non-Profit Thrift Store
A lot of non-profit organizations, like churches and Habitat for Humanity have their own thrift store to help raise funds for their programs. Usually, these type of non-profit thrift stores thrive off of volunteer work and it’s a great place to let kids help.
While children may not be able to volunteer with the cash register, there should be plenty of other ways they can volunteer to help.
9. Volunteer at a Homeless Shelter
One of the things that every child should learn about is homelessness. While many may deem it as too sad, it’s a fact of life kids should know about.
Volunteering at a homeless shelter to make food or clean can be very beneficial for children. Though some homeless shelters place age limits on their volunteer work, you should always check with the shelter first to be sure.
Whenever you’re looking for places to volunteer with kids be sure to think outside of the box. There are so many places for kids to volunteer, that the possiblities are endless.