Families volunteer their time to throw a kid-friendly New Year's party
Dumb Friends League
Our learning programs provide lessons of compassion, respect and proper care for animals to children and adults. The Dumb Friends League offers volunteer opportunities for kids and teens in support of our goal to teach children and young adults the importance of treating animals in a humane way-a lesson that will benefit them and the animals in our community for a lifetime. Register online by clicking on the date(s) you prefer. Participants must be signed in and out of programs by a parent or guardian 18 years of age or older. The benefits of reading to animals are endless, for you and for the animals!
This one-hour program provides students 1st grade to 12th grade an educational, interactive experience reading to animals at our shelter. Each program includes educational lessons, a tour, and time to practice their reading skills. Each session will allow your child to complete a service project, socialize with animals, and learn how they can be advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves. Students will learn how to be advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves, complete a service project, and work with staff and volunteers cleaning enclosures and socializing the animals at our shelter. Students learn about important animal welfare topics and how to be advocates for those who cannot speak for themselves.
They also work alongside adult volunteers each month, cleaning animal enclosures and socializing and working with cats, dogs, and small mammals.
15 Volunteer Opportunities for Kids in Atlanta
Atlanta boasts plenty of ways for all ages of kids to lend a hand, alongside their parents. Kennesaw Mountain Trail Club: Kids as young as 8 can volunteer with an adult on Work Days, designed to beautify and keep safe the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park trail system. FurKids: As one of the only animal shelters in Georgia with opportunities for kids of all ages, FurKids invites participation in many ways. Kids of all ages can organize supply drives, help with cat care and read to cats. Older kids can become dog handlers or thrift store volunteers.
Atlanta Community Food Bank: Working with food pantries, shelters, community kitchens and other nonprofits, the ACFB feeds the hungry around metro Atlanta. All kids can get placed in age-appropriate activities by team during regular packing days. Ronald McDonald House: Volunteers ages 9 and older, plus their parents, can prepare meals, bake sweet treats, or organize fun activity nights for families of sick kids who are staying at one of the Ronald McDonald Houses in Atlanta. Project Open Hand: Kids 9 and older can help package nutritionally sound meals for individuals who are critically ill and/or homebound. Kids ages 8 and up can volunteer with a parent; teens 14 and older can volunteer on their own.
Pebble Tossers: Search an age-appropriate directory of free, current volunteer opportunities for kids. Kids can create a civic transcript to track good works.
Teach Them to Do Good: Where Kids Can Volunteer Around Philly and the Main Line
The same goes for our kids: we want them to help others, but it’s often difficult to find ways for them to do it. Kids can help, too, as long as they’re dressed for the work. If you’d like to do something to help, there are plenty of ways to do just that and involve your children. Involve your children in this process through the sorting and tallying of the donations before you send them to the organization of your choosing. Show your children the locations refugees come from on a map, and if you have the inclination, learn more about their culture and history.
Not only is this a great way to teach geography, but it helps kids understand differences, too. There are many organizations in our area that help the poor and welcome kids’ help. Cradles to Crayons allows children who are at least 6 to help in the Giving Factory. If your children are too young to volunteer, you can always get them involved in the donation process. Collect books, then hand them over to the Philadelphia Reads book bank, or gather school supplies and donate them to Project #StillHuman for Philly school children.
Pals for Life, an organization which pairs therapy animals to those in need, is another program which allows children to volunteer, starting at age 12. You can offer your time and support to the William Way LGBT Community Center, the Attic Youth Center, or the Main Line Youth Alliance, to name a few.
Second Harvest Heartland
Youth volunteers at our warehouses sort, pack and label food for local food shelves, making a huge impact on the lives of our hungry neighbors. That’s why so many schools and youth organizations partner with Second Harvest Heartland. All youth are required to present a signed parental waiver upon arrival for their volunteer shift. We have specific adult-to-child ratios that vary by volunteer location and group size. When hosting a group of youth volunteers, we ask all chaperones adhere to these guidelines.
Youth volunteer ideas Link volunteering to a milestone – Bring a group of youth to sort and repack food at Second Harvest Heartland North to celebrate a birthday, graduation, etc. Help youth learn through service – Share hunger facts and stories of how volunteering has a direct impact on hungry families before your volunteer activity. Get information on hunger facts and stories and learn about our educational tools and resources. Bring Your Child to Serve Day – Kids and adults sort and repack food during this annual event on Martin Luther King Day the third Monday in January. Volunteering with the Kids-Free, Fun and Meaningful!
Nicole has always been involved in her community, especially through volunteering. When Nicole became a mom, she knew this was something she wanted to pass on to her two daughters early in their lives.