Volunteering

The organizations below provide opportunities for children to volunteer directly or indirectly by working as an assistant or collecting donations.

Africa

The African Soup | Uganda | http://www.theafricansoup.org/
Contact the organization to find out how you can help orphans in Uganda.

Gardens of Hope | Mutare, Zimbabwe  | http://www.gardens-of-hope.org/project.html
Contact the organization to find out how you can help plant and maintain a community garden providing a sustainable food source for orphans of AIDS victims in Africa.


United States

American Red Cross | Multi-City | http://www.redcross.org/support/volunteer/young-humanitarians
The American Red cross offers a variety of programs and clubs allowing older children to give back to the community.

Books for Africa | Georgia, Minnesota | http://www.booksforafrica.org/
Collect used textbooks for students in Africa. Mail the direct or drop off their offices in St. Paul Minnesota or Altanta, Georgia.

Camp Dreamcatcher | Pennsylvania | http://campdreamcatcher.org/
Children can collect items for use at the camp, as listed in the “How to Help” section on the website. Teens, aged 17 and older, can apply to be camp volunteers.

Chicago Cares | Chicago | http://www.chicagocares.org/family_volunteering
Families with children over 8 years old can volunteer with Chicago Cares for a variety of community service projects.

Keep America Beautiful | Multi-City | http://www.kab.org/
Participate in a clean-up or recycling event to remove garbage from land and water sources.

Meals on Wheels | Multi-City | http://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/
Meals on Wheels provides healthy meals to senior citizens, allowing them to remain comfortably in their homes. Children can accompany parents while making food deliveries.

National Parks Service | Multi-City | http://volunteer.gov/
Volunteers assigned to specific posts at national parks may be able to arrange for free camping or housing in exchange for their service. Choose your preference in the “Housing/Amenities” field to search for positions that offer accommodations.

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando | Orlando, Florida | http://www.petallianceorlando.org/ways-give/ways-give/student-kind-donation-drives/
Children can manage a supply drive based on the wish list for pets.

Project Linus | Multi-City | http://www.projectlinus.org/volunteer/
With adult help, children can make a fleece blanket and donate it to their local Project Linus chapter. They will take your blanket to a facility where it will be given to a child who is sick or otherwise in need.

Ronald McDonald House | Multi-City | http://www.rmhc.org/volunteer
Volunteer to prepare a meal or shop for pantry items and deliver to the house. Your donation helps families of sick children.

Soles 4 Souls | Multi-City | http://soles4souls.org/
Collect shoes to donate to those in need. Sign up to travel with the team to distribute.

Special Olympics | Multi-City | http://www.specialolympics.org/
Kids can be cheerleaders at the next Special Olympics event in your area. There is nowhere to sign up for this activity. Just show up at the next event with signs and cheers to show your support.


Print Resources

The Kids Guide to Service Projects

Wide-Open World: How Volunteering Around the Globe Changed One Family’s Lives Forever

Adventure Philanthropist: Great Adventures Volunteering Abroad

The Busy Family’s Guide to Volunteering: Do Good, Have Fun, Make a Difference as a Family!


Volunteer Databases

Search for volunteer opportunities online by type, location, age and more.

United States

www.volunteermatch.org

http://www.handsonnetwork.org/

www.networkforgood.org

www.americaspromise.org

www.pointsoflight.org

http://www.idealist.org/

www.servenet.org

http://www.handsonorlando.com/

Global

http://www.volunteerscotland.net/ 

http://www.vfp.org/ (Volunteers for Peace)

https://www.experiencegla.com/ (Global Leadership Adventures)


Please add additional volunteer opportunities for kids in the comments section so we can add them to this list. Thank you.

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