Benefits of Service
The benefits are enormous. Volunteering teaches even toddlers and preschoolers about compassion, empathy, tolerance, gratitude, and community responsibility.
A Way of Life
Children who volunteer are more likely to continue doing so as adults. “It sounds cliché, but my kids realize that small things they do can make a big difference,”
Making it Work
Once you’ve decided on a project, explain to your children exactly what to expect. Be enthusiastic about what you’re doing and explain why the job is important.
An easy way to find out about volunteer opportunities in your area is to call your local volunteer center and describe your location, interests, and the ages of your children.
Great Ways Kids Can Help:
- Donate clothing, tents, sleeping bags, and tarps to Coffee Oasis to help homeless kids in Bremerton, Port Orchard, or Poulsbo. https://thecoffeeoasis.com/
- Clean out pantry and donate non-expired goods to the food helpline. http://ckfoodbank.org/
- Bring a garbage bag and some gloves to clean up litter at the Clear Creek Trail.
- Spend some time at the Tracyton Cemetery to respectfully clean up brush.
- Volunteer your time at the Kitsap Humane Society
- Beach Clean-up! http://www.coastsavers.org/
- Volunteer at your school.
- Donate a Smilepac for Children of the Nations https://cotni.org/smilepacks
- Walk or bike to fight disease through various organizations- Relay 4 life
- Activity boxes with games, toys, or coloring books for the local children hospital
- Visit a nursing home
- Start a community garden
- Clean up garbage in your neighborhood
- Make homeless care packages to hand out when you spot someone asking for help. Example: toothbrush, wet wipes, bottle of water, snack, maybe a gift card to the grocery store, and some warm socks.
- Put food and water out for stray animals
- Volunteer at the local library putting away books, organizing, or reading to others.
- Park clean up!
- Sell lemon aid, iced tea, or cookies to donate to a local nonprofit you care about.
- Write thank you notes to local police, fire, &/or medic units for all the work they do to keep the people of Silverdale safe.
- Get involved in a Scouting group that is regularly involved in outreach activities
- A mothers’ helper to a new mom
- Plant flowers at your school, the firehouse, or police station (with permission).
Above all, have fun. You might consider teaming up with another family, inviting one of your child’s friends to help out, or stopping for a picnic in the park or ice cream on the way home. What initially may seem like another task on your to-do list can become a wonderful bonding experience for your family.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Email us and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Plus, we’ll let you know when we have a kid’s appropriate volunteer event.