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!
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.
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!