Feeding the hungry, donating presents to the poor, and performing errands for the elderly are all examples of community service projects for kids.
Kids working together, learn to solve problems and make decisions and successfully contribute to their community. They connect local concerns with global issues and gain an awareness of others. All this will serve them now and years later as they transition out of school and into the adult world!
By age group from FamilyEducation.com:
Even your littlest ones can get involved with their community with your help. When you teach your preschoolers the importance of helping others, you're getting them started on the road to kind habits that will last a lifetime. Here are some community service ideas that you and your youngsters can do together this holiday season:
Your preteen can start taking on even more individual responsibility in his community service projects. Think of ways he can get more directly involved with helping others.
- -Make a blanket to donate to Project Linus, which provides homemade blankets to children in need. You and your tween can make a no-sew blanket following the pattern on their website, or go all out and knit or crochet one if you know how!
- -Encourage your preteen to offer to do yard work or shovel snow for elderly neighbors. Especially in the cold winter months, he will be doing a great service to neighbors in need.
- -See if your local senior center has a senior pen pals or buddies program, and encourage your preteen to sign up. She can write letters or visit her "grand-friend" throughout the year.
Your teen is ready to volunteer without your help, on her own or with friends. In fact, many high schools require some form of community service for graduation. Provide encouragement and guidance, but let her interests guide her involvement. If your teen needs some help, here are a few community service ideas that are great for your independent teenager.
- -Is he a math whiz or a grammar expert? Encourage him to volunteer as a tutor in a subject he's passionate about.
- -Is she on the track team? She could volunteer her time at a charity race or walk, like the Relay for Life or Race for a Cure.
- -Does he want to give back to those in need? He may enjoy working in a local soup kitchen or food pantry.
There are so many ways for you and your child to get involved this holiday season. But the spirit of giving doesn't have to end when the holidays are over. Helping others through community service is a great way to bond with your child all year long.