Summer brings to mind sand, sun and fun, but it can also be a great time to do a family service project. Your kids are out of school, so what better time to think about others? There are many different volunteer projects you can do with your kids this summer. Here are a few ideas.
The warm weather of summer makes it an ideal time to clean up the neighborhood. This project doesn’t take a lot of prep or many materials. You’ll need heavy duty garbage bags. Gloves are also a good idea since you’ll be touching a lot of trash. You can also let your child use a grabber if you don’t want her to touch the trash. Remind your child to avoid anything that is sharp or potentially dangerous.
Another way to take advantage of the warm weather is by starting or helping out with a community garden. Many community gardens help people who are low income. You also help transform an unused space in the community for something useful. Check to see if there are already community gardens in your area. If not, partner with your church or a local non-profit to get one started.
Let your kids come up with a fundraising project for a favorite charity. Summer is the ideal time for several fundraiser ideas. One idea is a lemonade stand. Set up the stand in a high-traffic area. Or host a garage sale with the profits going to the charity. Set up the lemonade stand at the garage sale for extra donations. A car wash is another option perfect for summer.
Not everyone has the chance to get out of the heat in the summer. Many people, such as construction workers, are outside all day long. For a simple service project, buy and cool bottles of water. Hand out the cold water to the people you see working outside in the heat.
Food pantries get a lot of press during the holidays, but families also need help in the summer months. In fact, they might need more help since kids don’t get lunch at school in the summer. Collect food for the local food pantry. Or drop off your excess garden vegetables if your local food bank accepts fresh produce.