Giving back to others through community service is a rewarding part of every volunteer’s life. When children get involved in community service work, it becomes an even more fulfilling part of their life because they will become shaped by the kind act of service in many different ways. If you’re looking to get your child involved in a community service project to teach them about empathy and compassion, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few fundraising ideas that will help you and your child give back to your community through community service.
1. DIY Projects
If your family has a busy schedule and you’re juggling school and soccer practice, try giving back to the community through a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project at home. From writing letters to the troops with a little help from Operation Gratitude, or making arts and crafts, to donating to your local children’s hospital, there are many different fun and budget-friendly DIY projects you can do with your kids.
2. Team up with a local organization
If you’re looking to get out of the house and participate in something more hands on, try volunteering with a local organization. Depending on what type of service you’d like your kids to participate in, ideas are numerous and diverse, such as delivering meals to seniors with Meals on Wheels or volunteering to walk dogs at your local animal shelter.
3. Organize your own project
Another way to teach your kids about compassion is organizing your own service project. Not only will they learn valuable life lessons through compassion, they will contribute to the planning process and learn organizational skills. Get your community involved by organizing a canned food or clothing drive and donate the collections to your local homeless shelter.
4. Start a free fundraiser
Starting a free YouCaring fundraiser is a wonderful way to teach your children about helping others and the power of crowdfunding. Not only will it show your kids learn valuable life lessons about selflessly helping those in need, starting a fundraiser can also improve their storytelling skills when they help to write the fundraiser’s story.
Accomplishing any of these project ideas means that you and your kids are making a big impact on your community through service. For more ideas, visit the YouCaring Volunteer and Service Project fundraisers page to find more community service projects for kids and to support the fundraisers themselves.