Did you know that November 23 is Family Volunteer Day? Family Volunteer Day is a celebration of the power of serving together as a family, and it’s celebrated all over the world! It falls right around Thanksgiving each year, which is the perfect time to share your gratitude by blessing others. Volunteering your time and money feels great and it’s something you can do even as a kid! Here are some volunteer ideas for kids and their parents.
Points of Light, located in Atlanta, Georgia, is a great organization founded by President George H. W. Bush and supported by The Walt Disney Company. It identifies organizations and projects and pairs them with volunteers. Set up your own projects, find volunteers or volunteer for an existing project. There is even a Disney Reward Program, so have your mom or dad check that out!
Hands on Atlanta offers many volunteers for families, and even has a category specifically for teens.
If you love animals like I do, and live in Georgia, you’re fortunate that FurKids offers opportunities for kids (and families) of all ages to work with needy pets! Young kids can read to cats, spearhead supply drives or foster pets while older kids might be a dog handler at special adoption events or help with Santa and Pet photos.
Atlanta Community Food Bank offers opportunities for volunteers ages 8 and up to sort and distribute food!
Little Helpers of Atlanta specializes is pairing volunteer opportunities such as visiting the elderly, assisting refugees, food distribution and collecting items for homeless, with young volunteers and their families.
Project Linus provides blankets to children in need. Know how to crochet, knit or sew? Put those skills to work, ask Grandma, Auntie or Mom… or make simple fleece tie blankets, and join in this community keeping the needy warm! Here are Georgia drop-off locations, but there are drop-off sites all over the United States.
Love to be outdoors? Trees Atlanta may be the perfect spot for you. Volunteers help to plant trees around Atlanta. Kids are welcome to volunteer with an adult!
When you’re ready, be sure to:
- Check on age requirements for volunteers. Insurance provisions usually mean they can’t make exceptions!
- Confirm address of where you plan to volunteer. Some organizations host events in different locations than their offices.
- Know what to wear or bring for the activity you’re participating in. Some activities require long pants and closed toe shoes, for example. Some require you to bring gloves or tools.