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7 volunteer ideas for children
  1. Canned goods for a cause
    Donate canned goods and other non-perishable items to a local food pantry. Add the items to your grocery list and let your children pick out the donated items when you do the grocery shopping. This will help them feel more involved and teach some life lessons in the process.
  2. Papers for puppies (and kittens, too!)
    Organize a newspaper drive for a local animal shelter. Instead of throwing old newspapers away or simply dumping them in the recycle bin, collect them to donate to the humane society, APA or other local animal shelter to use as liners for animal cages. Let neighbors know what you’re doing so they can participate as well. Allowing children to coordinate with neighbors can add to the fun and the sense of community joining together.
  3. Coupon clipping
    Look through newspapers and magazines and collect coupons for groceries, personal care items and household supplies. When you have a bundle of coupons, donate them to a shelter or food pantry to help stretch their budget.
  4. Decorating delight
    Volunteer to decorate for seasonal activities at nursing homes or group homes. You can purchase inexpensive streamers, balloons, and decorating supplies—and for a personal touch, kids can make some of their own decorations. Even toddlers can help out with paper chains or adding their own artwork.
  5. Season’s greetings
    Help your child make holiday cards for residents of a local nursing home, senior community center or soldiers serving overseas. A special homemade card can help to make someone else’s holiday season a little brighter. Or if your children like music, plan a time to go caroling with friends at a local nursing home or at the USO.
  6. Closet clean-up
    The simplest way for children to volunteer may be to sort through their toys and clothes for outgrown items. Then donate their gently used belongings to a local shelter or organization for needy families. But make sure not to force children to give away toys if they are reluctant. Your goal is to make community service a fun and satisfying experience that will build your children's lifelong commitment to civic involvement.
  7. Online resources
    VolunteerMatch is an online resource designed to match volunteers with opportunities to give back. The database allows you to search by location and keyword to find a volunteer opportunity to match you and your child’s interests.
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