School’s Out. What’s a Kid to Do?

June 23, 2010 at 1:30 am Leave a comment

How about volunteering?

Providing service to local organizations during the summer is a fun, rewarding, and low-cost way to pass the time (and bolster your resume!) during the summer. And contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of volunteer projects kids can participate in.

USA Today has some great suggestions as to how to get your child into giving back.

  • Simple gestures of kindness go a long way. Offer to mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn or watch a friend’s dog while they go on vacation. Give up your seat on a bus or train. Hold the door open for several people in a row. Pick up an item for someone who has trouble bending over.
  • The ol’ standbys: lemonade stands and bake sales. Host a sale and donate the proceeds to a charity of your child’s choosing.
  • Check out KooDooz, a kid-geared social networking site that encourages kids to volunteer and then share their ideas.
  • Kid Korps encourages youth to help to promote sustainability in their neighborhoods. To learn more, visit the website.
  • Visit places like soup kitchens, animal shelters, and family homeless shelters to volunteer for a few hours. Be sure to check their websites for age restrictions.
  • Encourage kids to walk around the house to find toys they don’t play with anymore and clothing that they don’t wear. Make the project last longer by having kids clean, sort, and process the items before they donate (they’ll be more likely to be used). Another idea? Find old sheets and towels to donate to animal shelters.
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Entry filed under: In the News, Other Non-Profits.

Nationwide report gives new insight into volunteering habits Mmm. Tastes like…volunteering?

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