Community Volunteering: Little Ones Can Do It, Too!

November 29, 2012 at 19:55 | Posted in General, Little Hands | Leave a comment
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With the holidays approaching, there are usually discussions at our home regarding ways to give back to our community during this time of year. We love to do special projects that help others, and show our community pride. But it’s not just something that we should only do around the holidays, but an experience we should share with our friends and family throughout the year.

Volunteering together as a family is an incredible bonding experience! It not only brings you closer as a family, it teaches your children valuable lessons about selflessness, and sacrifice. It instills community pride and thankfulness.  Now, not every volunteer project or job is appropriate for children, but there are many ways your children can help give back to those around you and to your community with your help.

Clean up projects are the easiest to get children involved in. They are also the easiest to do spontaneously! If the kids and I have a free afternoon, you might find us (with trash bags in hand) picking up trash at our local playground. This is the perfect project to instill community pride in your children. Once they’ve done the work to clean up the mess, they are much more likely to think twice before they throw a candy wrapper on the ground!

You can use your community volunteering experience as a way to teach your preschooler about the different people that keep your community functioning. We started that learning at home. Luke loves his Joyful Jobs puzzle that features six different community figures like a police officer and postal worker so much that it became a great teaching and discussion tool about different types of jobs, what they mean for our community and how we can get involved.

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My eight-year-old son volunteers weekly, doing odd jobs and helping clean up around our church. It has taught him valuable lessons about the joy helping others can bring you. He is more aware of others’ needs, and so proud to be a part of something bigger than himself!

Another great volunteer job for kids is a spring tree planting project. Many communities have tree planting days in the spring, when you can get involved in beautifying your neighborhood or local park.

Not outdoorsy? No worries! Pick up an Angel off your local Angel Tree this holiday season, participate in Toys for Tots, or give a few dollars to the Salvation Army greeter outside your local store. Let your child put those coins in the Salvation Army bucket, or have them help you pick out the special toys for that needy child.

So, find a way to give back to your community as a family this season, then come back and tell us about it!

Today’s guest blogger is Angie Knutson, a homeschooling mom of four children, ages 4 to 11. Angie created her parenting and review blog,, four years ago and now also writes for, and, where she shares tips about motherhood, parenting, homeschooling, and crafting projects. Follow her on Twitter at @MyFourMonkeys.

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