“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” – Charles Dickens
Children of all ages can benefit from volunteering and giving back to the community. By getting involved in community service, children can learn valuable life skills, such as compassion, responsibility and self-confidence.
Many of our programs organize service activities to give back to the community, including fundraisers, donations and clothing/shoe drives. AlphaBEST students at Southwest Elementary School organized a baby shower last December for the Salem Pregnancy Care Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Children and families donated new and gently used baby items and supplies, such as bottles, toys, food products and clothes. During the baby shower, children played games, like Pass the Pacifier, and discussed how spring symbolizes renewal and birth.
Volunteering is a great way to teach children gratitude and to foster a lifelong commitment to helping others in need. In honor of National Volunteer Week, check out the following resources to get children involved in community service:
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. committed his life to service and to promoting peace, equality and justice for everyone. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday as a national day of service to honor his legacy through volunteerism. Service learning is a teaching method that combines instruction with meaningful community service. It helps to empower students, strengthen communities and create solutions to social problems. This Monday, January 20, celebrate MLK Day by engaging students with service projects in the local community.
10 Service Project Ideas for Students:
- Put on gloves and visit the neighborhood park to pick up litter.
- Gather your favorite classic board games and organize a board game night at your local nursing home.
- Volunteer at the local animal shelter to feed, bathe and pet the animals.
- Conduct a coat drive at your school or afterschool center and donate items to local charity organizations.
- Collect gently used toys, video games and board games, and donate them to patients at a Children’s Hospital.
- Locate a Special Olympics event in your area and volunteer to help or cheer on the athletes.
- Collect aluminum cans from friends, family and neighbors, and donate the money to a local environmental charity.
- Visit a local food bank and volunteer to pack and hand out food.
- Run in a marathon to raise money for a cause.
- Create anti-bullying posters to hang around the school and local community.
For more service project ideas, check out these resources:
366 Community Service Ideas
Global Youth Service Day