5 Community Service Ideas for Families
We all want our communities to be great places for everyone. There are many lessons to be learned through serving your community. It is also a great way to bond with your loved ones. There are many kid-friendly opportunities out there! If you are in need of inspiration here are a few ideas to get you started.
Feed Families in Need
Many children rely on meals that they receive in school. What happens when school lets out for summer? There are many organizations that work to keep children and their families fed. Cityteam works nationwide to deliver meals and groceries to individuals and families at the lowest poverty level. You can host a drive, fundraise, or volunteer as a family to help those in need. You can also do something as simple as donating food to your local food pantry. Get your kids involved by having them pick out a few items or foods they enjoy to donate.
Enhance Your Community
Is your community in need of a makeover? Pool together yard tools and supplies to plant flowers or trees. This is a great way to introduce gardening to a child. Teaching them to care for plants can also provide a sense of pride. You can also work together to pick up litter and use it as an opportunity to teach about the importance of recycling. If you have a local park, consider re-painting or adding new benches or raise money for new playground equipment.
Give Coats to Kids in Need
Starting an Operation Warm coat program for your local school is a great way to serve your community. You select the school, set your fundraising goal, and hand out the brand new coats yourselves. This is a wonderful way to strengthen communities ties while helping local children stay warm.
Do you have a large older adult population in your community? Is there a local nursing home nearby? Consider working together to drive them to doctor appointments, help them with housework, or simply be a companion. When you spend time with seniors you will have access to a wealth of life lessons and stories that can act as conversation starters to strengthen the relationships in your community.
Voter Registration Drive
You can organize a community voter registration drive to ensure everyone is ready to vote. Also, consider setting up a carpool to the polling place when local elections approach. This is a great opportunity to begin teaching the importance of democracy to children. “Studies have shown that children who go to the polls with their parents are more likely to vote when they become adults.”
Interested in providing brand new coats for kids in your community? We would love for you to join us as an Operation Warm Community Partner!