Kid-Friendly Volunteering Ideas: Teach Your Kids A Sense Of Community And How To Give Back! #CrackOpenCommunity

Header ImageSummer vacation is winding down – and most of us have already done everything we can think of to keep our kids entertained and out of hair. Summertime should be all about fun and enjoying what our local communities have to offer – like pools, parks, picnics, parades, fairs and so much more! Why not encourage your kids to use some of their free time to give back to your communities, and “pay it forward.”

Kid-Friendly Volunteering Ideas: Teach Your Kids A Sense Of Community And How To Give Back! #CrackOpenCommunity

Summer charity work is important for multiple reasons. First and foremost, it’s great to encourage our kids to “give back” – teaching them the importance of community and charity now will help instill a sense of patronage and compassion in your kids for years to come. Plus, it will give you guys something to bond over. And, it will also keep them out of your hair and out trouble while school is out. There’s nothing more stressful than a house full of bored kids! It’s a disaster waiting to happen.

We put together a list of kid-friendly volunteering activities that will keep you and your little ones busy this summer. Obviously, not every community has organized charity events, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give back somehow! Also, don’t get discouraged if your first endeavor isn’t a complete success – keep at it until you find something that you and your kids both enjoy and feels like you are really making a difference!

Clean-Up The Neighborhood

Kid-Friendly Volunteering Ideas: Teach Your Kids A Sense Of Community And How To Give Back! #CrackOpenCommunity

Picking up trash doesn’t sound very glamorous, but what community couldn’t use a little cleaning up every now and then? Put on some old clothes and some gloves and head to your favourite park. Bring along a trash bag and encourage your kids to help clean up the park, so it can be nice for everyone to enjoy. If you decide to clean up a neglected part of the community with your kids, express the importance of being careful of what they are picking up and why they should always wear gloves.

Head To A Nursing Home

Kid-Friendly Volunteering Ideas: Teach Your Kids A Sense Of Community And How To Give Back! #CrackOpenCommunity

There are dozens of nursing homes across the country full of elderly people who would love to spend the afternoon chatting or playing games with their kids. And, your kids may even learn a few important lessons from their new senior citizen friends. Take the time to point out to your kids that someday they will be just as old, and would love to have youngsters come and keep them company. Call your local nursing home and see when visiting hours are, ask the nurse on duty if there are any residents that haven’t had a visitor in a while.

Animal Shelters

Kid-Friendly Volunteering Ideas: Teach Your Kids A Sense Of Community And How To Give Back! #CrackOpenCommunity

Animal shelters are tricky because it’s pretty hard to take your kids inside and not walk out with any puppies. But, even if you do adopt a pet, it’s still considered an important aspect of “giving back.” Call your local animal shelters to see if they need any volunteers. If your kids love animals, bathing dogs and taking them outside for exercise would be the perfect act of charity.

Raise Money With A Yard Sale Or Bake Sale

Kid-Friendly Volunteering Ideas: Teach Your Kids A Sense Of Community And How To Give Back! #CrackOpenCommunity

Giving back to your community doesn’t necessarily have to be YOUR community. If you want to go global, you can check out some national charities online and pick a cause of your choice. Then, you and your kids could hold a fundraiser, like a yard sale, car wash, or bake sale, and donate all the proceeds to your charity. Make sure to advertise your sale, and that it’s clear that all money made will go to charity – you will be surprised by how many people show up, eager to help you give back. Nearly every charity’s website has a donation button where you can donate online. If by chance you choose one of the few charities that you can’t donate money online, call them and ask them where you can mail a check.

School Supplies

Kid-Friendly Volunteering Ideas: Teach Your Kids A Sense Of Community And How To Give Back! #CrackOpenCommunity

While you are out looking for charities to volunteer with your kids at, there are some parents that have other things on their minds, like how they are going to be able to afford school supplies for their kids this fall. This is a perfect opportunity to teach your kids that not everyone is as well off as you are, and there are some kids that won’t be going back to school shopping. Take your kids to the store and pick out a backpack and fill it with school supplies, then you and your kids can pick out a child in your community to “gift” the school supplies too.

Have you done any charity projects with your kids this summer? How do you encourage them to give back to their community? Let us know in the comments below, and feel free to share your kid-friendly volunteer ideas!

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21 Comments
  1. Alli Smith says

    It’s so important to teach kids to give back and these are all wonderful ideas. I remember going to the local nursing home with my mom to help out when I was a kid. Those sweet seniors always enjoyed having kids around.

  2. amanda -runtothefinish says

    I really wish my mom had encouraged more things like this growing up. I think it’s hugely important to developing a sense of community

  3. Paula Schuck says

    These are all wonderful ideas! I think it’s so important to foster a sense of community in the kiddos.

  4. Jeanette says

    This is exactly what I have been looking for. My son is too young to do soup kitchens but I want him to understand what it is to give back. We will be doing some of these.

  5. Heather says

    It is so important to teach kids how fortunate they are and that not everyone is the same. My kids are always giving me their toys to give to kids that have nothing. I want to do more though so thanks for the ideas!

  6. lisa says

    It is so important to teach our kids the importance of giving back to the community. I make sure my kids volunteer and help out.

  7. Lisa Jones says

    So Many Ways To Help Others I Love It My Kids Always Help Me Pack Up The Car And Donate To My Church Or Local Shelters I Coupon & Donate My Free Products All The Time They Love Doing It!!

  8. Pier says

    What a positive, bright post! I loved the pictures you included, and this was truly a positive start to my morning – thank you for sharing!

  9. Jenn @ EngineerMommy says

    It’s so important to encourage kids to give back to their community. My kids love animals so volunteering at the animal shelter woud be something they might be interested in as they get older.

  10. Pam says

    I always tried to instill in my kids the importance of volunteering. We used to volunteer at a nature center together.

  11. Liz Mays says

    Oh these are wonderful ideas. There’s always someplace in the community that could use a hand.

  12. Michele d says

    My kids already went back to school but volunteering is so self rewarding. I think my kids would love doing it to help others.

  13. Dee says

    I have always thought that it is important for kids to know how to give back and to be a blessing unto others. Giving back gives them a sense of what they have and have more empathy towards others.

  14. valmg @ Mom Knows It All says

    There are so many ways kids can make a difference in their community. I think kids should be encouraged early to get involved.

  15. Sarah says

    These are all wonderful ways to give back, I love the idea of teaching kids to be more involved in the community with such activities. Very cool that you are helping share tips on how kids can volunteer.

  16. Mimi Green says

    We’ve not done any community events this summer. However I do like to do them with my son. The youngest isn’t old enough to do much at this point but when she is I will include her in the mix.

    I grew up giving back so it is all I know.

  17. CourtneyLynne says

    Ooooo love all of these ideas!!! So important to teach kiddos to give back and help when they can!

  18. Robin Rue says

    I absolutely love the idea of getting kids active while also giving back. I used to love having bake sales when I was younger and you got to meet some of your neighbors that way too!

  19. Farrah less says

    Such a great idea to help out the community. I hope most people realize volunteering is a very rewarding job.

  20. Alyssa C says

    I am loving these ideas! I am always teaching my girls to give back and they absolutely love it!

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