Volunteer initiatives that will teach kids to give back and make a difference is a sponsored post
The fear that I indulge my kids and perhaps am not mindful enough of stressing the importance of giving back plagues me. Don’t get me wrong as often as possible I do my best to lay a thick coating of good old-fashioned guilt on my kids as I reiterate how grateful they need to be about their current life situation.
But, it’s hard to drive home the term grateful to kids since it is so subjective. My kids understanding of what’s normal is relative to their daily experiences and lucky for us those include living in a house with heat and getting three square meals a day.
But rather than just give them lip service about how fortunate we are, I’m a big proponent of actions speak louder than words.
With that proverb in mind, I am putting my kids to work, literally, as volunteers. Keep reading for Volunteer initiatives that will teach kids to give back and make a difference!
BIKE for Cancer and Join The Great Cycle Challenge!
This month I’m partnering with @greatcyclechallengeusa To help FIGHT kids cancer! Family perks: It’s a great way to get your kids to get exercise and give back! The great news is that you can join me and Edwin Markham Intermediate School IS 51 in Staten Island this June in the Great Cycle Challenge USA to support the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. The team is helmed by Assistant Principal Andrew Cataneo and teacher Erica Sadagursky (who lost her brother to cancer at the age of 22). And it looks like the team boasts around 100 members – including students. Their goal is to ride a total of 1,000 miles and, so far, have raised close to $13,000.
Andrew is organizing a group ride at his school on Saturday, June 9 at 9am. They’re going to line up a bunch of spin bikes for the kids to do a group ride inside. You can learn more about the team here: https://greatcyclechallenge.com/Teams/IS51
Reach out to the hungry, homeless and others in need, offers a myriad of ways families can roll up their sleeves and join in their ongoing volunteer initiatives.
SERVE A MEAL At a Homeless Shelter
Families can help set up, heat, serve food and clean up at a meal that serves a large number of young children and disabled elderly citizens. Family perks : Kids will enjoy serving food to other children and parents are helping kids care for those who are less fortunate.
STOCK FOOD PANTRY SHELVES
They have many cans of donated food that need to be sorted before they can be put on the shelves. Families can help sort cans and re-stock the shelves. Family perks : Kids will love organizing different cans of food.
PREPARE BASKETS Families can shop for and arrange household baskets for homeless families preparing to enter a new apartment and families who fled situations of domestic violence in the middle of the night and had no time to retrieve personal items left at home. Family perks : By hearing the stories of families in need while putting baskets together, children will develop a higher sense of compassion. For kids, shopping for other people is fun and like playing pretend house for kids.
COOK A MEAL Families can cook a simple meal such as a pot of stew or baked ziti in their home for about 70 people and bring it to the shelter to share with homeless guests. Meals are needed seven days a week and simple cheap recipes are available from Project Hospitality. Family perks : This activity teaches cooking and nutrition skills to children, creates an at-home family activity and helps feed homeless people.
All these activities provide families with a way to give back that is both fun and helps those in the community who are less fortunate.
Preserve your natural spaces: STATEN ISLAND GREENBELT
Since there are so many ways families can volunteer with the Greenbelt, it’s best to give the organization a call to inquire about opportunities. Some options include planting trees, helping with natural area restoration and trail maintenance or assisting with crafts and face-painting at the Carousel.
200 Nevada Ave., Egbertville.
With parents, seven years and older.
What kids will go gaga for
Realizing all that quietly occurs in natural areas and that their Staten Island is so much more than streets, homes and strip malls.
As they become stewards of the Greenbelt, they’ll broaden their knowledge of the natural environment and their place within it.
December and January are quiet months for conducting outdoor work but a great time to be recruited for future projects.
Families will learn they can make a substantial difference in their community by caring and volunteering.
Information : Call 718-667-2165 or visit sigreenbelt.org.
Help animals who are homeless and living in shelters:
Here are just some of the many ways you can get involved!
- Host a donation drive and solicit items from AC&C’s Wish List.
- Plan a Third-Party Event, where you and your friends/coworkers hold a fundraiser to benefit animals.
- Encourage family, friends, and colleagues to adopt a wonderful new furry friend from AC&C’s Care Centers. Sign-up and receive their weekly Adoption Flyer in your inbox. You can share the flyers with your family and friends, for printing and posting with permission and where legally permissible.