A good mom friend of mine has always made a point of finding time to teach her family charity. She regularly engages them in acts of mercy which involve her 3 kids. She does this throughout the year, but summertime seems to be the time most filled with these volunteer activities.
Since summer seems to bring a constant challenge to find worthwhile activities to involve the kids in, I asked my friend if she would be open to allowing us to join her and her kids in some of these activities which has helped her crew in becoming a charitable family. Some of the volunteer activities for kids we’ll be doing follow. These are all great family volunteering opportunities for all ages.
My teen and tween age girls will be tutoring other kids who are somewhat behind in reading. My girls are great readers and are highly motivated to participate in this volunteering endeavor. It’s also a plus if your kids are somewhat bilingual. We’ve always had the kids in Spanish since 7th grade which will make them a lot more versatile, and since our community has a large Hispanic population this will come in handy.
We are members of the Urban Ecology Center here in our hometown Milwaukee. This is a community project which has worked to preserve our local ecological system while helping to keep the kids in our community focused and well directed. It has three facilities which are all located in different parts of town, so the kids learn that what works ecologically along the Milwaukee river, doesn’t work at all at the other two locations. I’m looking forward to spending the summer having our kids working in this positive environment, while being outdoors learning about preserving our local ecological system.
The kids will also be reading to kids at a local shelter for abused women and their kids. I figured that this would work out great because not only will my girls play with the kids there, but they will read to them and lead them in a few educational activities which will keep both my kids and the shelter kids happy, occupied, and perhaps even learning something.
We’ve always helped out with bingo games at one of the local nursing homes in our community. Sometimes we will also get involved with wheeling the seniors outside on the grounds if the weather is good, or taking them in their wheelchairs to other events within that facility. This has provided my kids with a sense of what seniors are like. At first they were fearful of those this age, but now, they are comfortable with everything we do when we go on this venture.
Source: Personal experience.