Volunteer Ideas for Kids

 

Most kids think of summer break as a time for sleeping in, cartoons and video games. This year, introduce a new tradition and encourage your kids to volunteer in their community! Volunteering is a great way for kids to give back, enjoy time outside, and give parents a much-needed break! Check out this list of volunteer ideas!

Donate

During the summer parents find out just how much stuff their kids have. It’s a good idea to encourage kids to donate any clothes, toys, and electronics they no longer use to local charities and donation centers. Great organizations such as the Goodwill Community Foundation (GCF) and the Salvation Army accept donations all year long and even allow a tax break for parents! Donating things that you no longer need can be a great way to give to charity and declutter!

Work with your hands!

One of the biggest complaints parents have is that their kids spend too much time in front of a screen. Get your kids outside by having them volunteer for organizations like Habitat for Humanity which works to build affordable housing in communities across the country. Kids can also participate in local highway cleanups. We’ve all been taught that littering is bad, but the effect of the problem often isn’t recognized until seen up-close. By volunteering to remove litter, your kids can make the environment cleaner and a lot more beautiful! To make your community even more appealing, kids can volunteer to help local businesses and organizations with landscaping and beautifying efforts.

Mentoring

If you have older children, mentoring is a great way for them to volunteer. If they excel at a particular school subject, they can help tutor younger students. Organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club provide a lot of opportunities for teens to give back to their community. This organization provides a safe space for underserved children to get help with their schoolwork, take part in various activities that benefit their physical and mental development and build relationships with other children. Not only do these options give teens a way to help younger kids, they also look great on college applications.

In the Community

Other ways that your kids can volunteer this summer include working with organizations within the community. Visit your local animal shelters, food banks, or charity organizations to see how you can volunteer your time.

Get your kids excited about volunteering this summer! Once they’ve done a great job, reward them by spending quality time outdoors. Remember to give your local Mosquito Joe a call to rid your yard of pesky pests. For a list of outdoor activities you can enjoy with your kids, click here!

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Don’t Dive In Without Pool Scouts

Sweet summertime – cookouts, gardening and naps in your hammock. Outdoor activities are endless this time of year, especially when your yard has been treated for mosquitoes, ticks and fleas by Mosquito Joe. But when it comes to your swimming pool, you can dive right into crystal clear waters with help from our sister brand Pool Scouts!

What does Pool Scouts do?

Pool Scouts provides pool cleaning, maintenance and minor pool repair services to residential pool owners. Relax and float on knowing the time and energy you may have spent cleaning your pool can now be spent on cannonball contests and noodle jousting.

What services does Pool Scouts provide?

Cleaning Services: One-time, weekly or monthly recurring cleaning services can be scheduled at your convenience. Knowing every pool is unique, our swimming pool technicians come out and assess the needs of your splash zone and provide the following maintenance at each visit:

  • Remove leaves and debris from the pool surface
  • Clean the tile surface at the waterline
  • Empty and clean the skimmer basket(s) and the pump strainer basket(s)
  • Clean or backwash the filter
  • Check the filter pressure
  • Check the equipment for proper operation and potential leaks
  • Vacuum the pool bottom
  • Perform water testing
  • Add any required chemicals to balance the pool water
  • Blow off pool deck area and equipment pad

Opening and Closing Services: From the first dive to the final lap, Pool Scouts provides expert pool opening and closing services to those who can’t enjoy their pool year-round due to certain weather conditions. With maintenance such as removing and installing your cover, balancing your pool’s chemistry for its winter hibernation, and multiple inspections, you can ensure your pool will be ready for use when the time is right.

Additional Services: Having a pool problem that you don’t feel confident tackling? Pool Scouts offers additional services to meet the needs of pool owners of all skill levels:

  • Their Kickstart Service is great for pools that can stay open year-round and just need a little TLC before taking the first plunge.
  • Is your pool looking a little green? Pool Scout’s Green Pool Service ensures shockingly balanced chemicals that get your pool back to that blue color we all know and love.
  • Tired of the handling and storing of chlorine? Contact Pool Scouts to learn more about their Saltwater Conversion Service and the benefits that come with having a saltwater pool.
  • When you’re in need of a new pool cover, know that Pool Scouts offers Pool Cover Replacement. Let them take care of replacing the cover, all you need to do is pick out a color!

Wondering if there’s a Pool Scouts location near you?

Visit their website and enter your zip code to find your local Scouts. A personalized pool assessment and quote is free and your pool is guaranteed to look so good, your neighbor’s pool will be green with envy.

Once your pool is clean, get your family and friends together to try some of these fun swimming pool games!

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Meet a Joe: Christina Sheridan

*Occasionally we like to provide a blog post that will help you get to know Joe. From our technicians to our Corporate staff to our hardworking franchisees – we think our company is full of people you ought to know!*

This week we’d like to introduce you to a member of the Corporate staff, Christina Sheridan. A south Florida native, Christina joined our team last October as a Marketing Specialist with a focus on social media management, creative communications across various campaigns and channels, and marketing planning and strategies. She works hard to bring fresh, relevant content and ideas to our franchise owners across the country. Her enthusiasm and positive spirit make her a great fit for the Mosquito Joe team.

Here are some fun facts about Christina, so you can get to know her like we have.

What led you to work for Mosquito Joe?

My move to Virginia Beach to be with my military boyfriend (and desire to be closer to a Duck Donuts) led me to search for jobs in this area. Once I saw how much potential this company had for me and my career path, I was hooked!

What is your favorite part about your position at Mosquito Joe?

I love the neverending creativity, the collaborative team, and the opportunity for continuous growth. The occasional happy hour isn’t too bad either.

What are the biggest strengths professionally that you bring to the Mosquito Joe team? 

I strive to be an open-minded, outside of the box thinker, an organized project manager with attention to detail, and an expert selfie taker with a fun sense of humor.

What’s your favorite Mosquito Joe tagline and why?

“Stop smacking yourself in the face.” Every time I read it, I imagine someone smacking themselves and it gives me a delightful giggle.

If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why?

Drew Barrymore because we have the same laugh and facial expressions.

If you could plan your ultimate vacation, where would you go?

I’m excited to be checking Iceland off of my bucket list this year, but I cannot wait to plan my ultimate vacation to Japan.

How do you like to spend your time outdoors?

The more sunshine and water, the better. I prefer the pool over the beach because I hate getting sand on my hands, but I love snorkeling and I’ve even gotten to swim with a wild whale shark.

How attracted are mosquitoes to you?

I knew a mosquito once. We went out and then he never called me back. RUDE!

If you were shipwrecked, what three items would you want to land on shore with you? 

Chapstick, a good book, and a Swiss Army knife because that seems practical.

If you could invite three people to a party, dead or alive, who would they be and why?

Ellen Degeneres because she’s genuine and hilarious, Billy Joel so he could perform, and my mom because she knows how to party.
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