Big Kids Volunteering

I think it is a good idea for children to learn to give of their time for something worthy. As I have mentioned before we, as a family, have volunteered at an organic learning farm.

We have also volunteered at our town's folk festival. This year will be our third year. Our girls look forward to helping the children at the craft table and we relieve the older lady who has been running it for years.

My oldest and her dad volunteered at a food pantry. Our oldest wants to do this again. At the time it was actually a "punishment" for ingratitude and I wanted her to see other people's needs to get her eyes off herself. It worked and she was appreciative of the opportunity and obviously was not harmed by the experience since she wants to do it again now that she is older.

Our older children discovered our library allows children as young as third grade to volunteer so now they would like to volunteer at the library. We are in the process of figuring out hours, etc. and time will tell if that occurs.

What ways do you volunteer or can you think of other volunteer opportunities?

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8Theresa GouldChicago, Illinois
    06/17/14
    4Katie
    At age 10 I started volunteering at the local aquarium. I volunteered one weekend a month and all summer long. It was a great learning experience and it helped out a great cause.
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    06/17/14
    8Theresa Gould
    That's neat, Katie and I bet it was fun too! You were so young, but I guess some of our children have been young too. :)
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    06/17/14
    8Theresa Gould
    We thought about the animal shelter but when they didn't even respond to our animal request (it was breed specific so I guess we made it hard for them in that sense), I kind of gave up on them. I bet our children would be the same way about wanting to bring animals home.
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    06/20/14
    8Theresa Gould
    We have done senior homes a couple of times and have thought about that too.
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