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Family Friendly Volunteering

              Ideas from A-Z
              A FREE VolunteerSpot eBook
                                           Great Service ideaS
                                           for familieS,
                                           StudentS, Youth
                                           GroupS, and ScoutS
© 2008 by VolunteerSpot DOING GOOD just got easier

Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License,

Attribution 2.5.

http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/
                                                                             pleaSe feel free to poSt
                                                                             thiS on Your bloG or
                                                                             email it to whomever
                                                                             You believe would
                                                                             benefit from readinG it.



                                                                             Thank You!




Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
InvolvIng kIds In
                                                                                               servIce buIlds healthy
A        B        C        D         E                                                         communItIes. chIldren
                                                                                               who volunteer are
Animal Shelters                                                                                much more lIkely to
Support your local humane society -- walk dogs, socialize cats, help with adoptions, collect
                                                                                               contInue volunteerIng
toys, food and old towels from your friends and neighbors.
                                                                                               Into adulthood!
Book Drive
Collect gently used books, CDs and DVDs and donate them to schools, children’s hospitals,
or family shelters.

Children in Need
Put together backpacks of school supplies, fun books and comics, and gift cards for
children and teens in foster care.

Decorating Hospitals during the Holidays
Help perk up those in the hospital during the holidays by making cards and seasonal art,
and decorating lounges and patient rooms.

Elder Cheer
Take the time to befriend and help out an elderly neighbor. Help with chores and
cooking, or surprise them with seasonal cards, crafts and well-wishes.




Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
VolunteerSpot
Philosophy                                 F       G       H        I        J       K
                                           Food Drive
At VolunteerSpot, we believe that
                                           Decorate grocery bags and ask neighbors to fill them up. Think big! Local food banks
volunteers should be rewarded for
                                           often provide collection bins for schools and other public locations.
stepping forward and sharing their time
                                           Graffiti Removal
and talents with those in need. All too
                                           Join other families in your neighborhood in scrubbing surfaces and painting over graffiti.
often, volunteering means putting up
                                           Homeless Shelters
with a certain amount of hassle or
                                           Serving those in need by collecting clothing, toys, toiletries, and volunteering on-site.
frustration – whether that is late night
                                           Include Everyone
emails, reply-all messages, reminder
                                           Volunteering is for children of all ages. Adapt service projects to include the very young.
phone calls, or searching for a parking
                                           Involving children in decisions about volunteer projects builds personal ownership.
space. Our sponsors enable us to provide
                                           Join a Fundraiser
FREE tools that simplify volunteering
                                           Enter fun-runs, walks, and other activities to benefit a specific cause or local nonprofit
powering your good work in schools
                                           (AIDS, Autism, MS, Alzheimer’s, your local library, food bank, shelter, etc.)
and clubs, in your congregation and
                                           Keep Your City Beautiful
neighborhoods. We can’t find you a
                                           Participate in cleanup and beautification activities in your local neighborhood, park, and
parking place, but with VolunteerSpot,
                                           community spaces!
DOING GOOD just got easier!



                                                                        Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
volunteerIng
together strengthens
                        L       M        N        O        P
famIlIes by creatIng
common goals, a
                        Lend a Helping Hand
sense of achIevement,
                        Each child commits to helping three neighbors over a designated week.
and Improved
                        Mentor Children
communIcatIon.
                        Young children look up to older students as positive role models. Help with homework,
                        reading and tutoring.

                        Nursing Home Visits
                        Children read stories, sing songs, and deliver greeting cards to senior citizens.

                        Opportunity Knocks
                        Volunteer with local nonprofits and community groups. Local Radio and TV stations and
                        Volunteer Centers often have listings of help needed.

                        Prom Dresses
                        Organize a collection of prom dresses and accessories. Girls in economic need welcome a
                        chance to dress up for homecoming and prom.




                                                    Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
Q        R         S        T        U
Quietly Serving
Libraries always need volunteers to collect books, read to children and participate in fundraisers!

Reuse and Recycle
Organize a drop-off collection for clothes and coats, cans and bottles, bicycles, cell phones and computers.

Serve Food
Volunteers are needed all year, not just holidays, to prepare meals and feed
families at shelters and community kitchens.

Toy Drive
                                                                                   Volunteering
Collect toys to donate to less fortunate children. These are wel-
come all year, not just during the holidays.
                                                                                   together is FUN –
Underwater
Pick up trash and debris at a local creek, lake, or beach to keep
                                                                                   Service builds character
the waters clean and healthy. Monitor nesting foul and turtles
                                                                                   and communities!
to ensure their habitat is protected.




Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
please vIsIt our blog
                                                                                                for more volunteerIng
V        W         X        Y         Z                                                         suggestIons and to
                                                                                                share your project
Voice Your Concern                                                                              Ideas and storIes.
Involve children in writing letters to advocate for causes you care about or to express sup-
port for disaster victims and troops abroad.

Work Party
Assemble a team to rehabilitate a less fortunate corner of your neighborhood or a tired
playground and make it a better place for families.

X-ray—Volunteer at a Hospital
Hospitals love volunteers to donate craft kits, books, and time!

Yes I can!
Volunteering is great for fostering responsibility and building self-confidence in children −
children learn they are capable of helping in any situation.

Zap!
Wasn’t that easy? Volunteering at a young age is rewarding and builds positive service
habits for life. Using VolunteerSpot makes it simple to organize volunteer activities
with your school, friends, family, scouts and congregation!




Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
PLAN OF ACTION

All of these ideas from A-Z need a little bit of planning and volunteer coordination to be successful.

Visit VolunteerSpot and use our simple, FREE web signup tool that makes volunteering easy! Thank you

for making a difference in your community!




                                                                               more time for
                                                                             meaninGful work –
                                                                              leSS buSY work!




Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
I spy volunteers!
wearIng sImIlar hats,
                           SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERING – 5 S’S
shIrts or vests makes
your group easy to spot.
                           1. Set Expectations – talk to children about what they will be seeing, who they
                              will be meeting, and what behavior is expected. Coach children in making eye con-
                              tact, smiling and demonstrating respectful behavior to everyone they will be serving
                              and working with.

                           2. Seek Permission – What approval do you need for your volunteer activities?
                              In some cases, like park clean up, permits may be required.

                           3. Supervise – Keep a close eye out on children at all times.
                           4. Safety First – Wear proper protective gear when participating in building and
                              cleanup projects (e.g. gloves, safety glasses, vests). Are children given age-appropriate
                              tools and chores?

                           5. Share your Stories – Please share your experiences and successes and
                              inspire others to make a difference. Photos, stories and ideas welcome on our Blog.




                                                     Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
THANK YOU!

Thank you for downloading this FREE eBook from VolunteerSpot.



We invite you to email it to your friends and post it on your website or blog.

Please visit our Blog, to share your

personal best practices, tips, and suggestions.




                       Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!

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Family Friendly Volunteering: Service Project Ideas from A-Z

  • 1. Family Friendly Volunteering Ideas from A-Z A FREE VolunteerSpot eBook Great Service ideaS for familieS, StudentS, Youth GroupS, and ScoutS
  • 2. © 2008 by VolunteerSpot DOING GOOD just got easier Copyright holder is licensing this under the Creative Commons License, Attribution 2.5. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/ pleaSe feel free to poSt thiS on Your bloG or email it to whomever You believe would benefit from readinG it. Thank You! Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  • 3. InvolvIng kIds In servIce buIlds healthy A B C D E communItIes. chIldren who volunteer are Animal Shelters much more lIkely to Support your local humane society -- walk dogs, socialize cats, help with adoptions, collect contInue volunteerIng toys, food and old towels from your friends and neighbors. Into adulthood! Book Drive Collect gently used books, CDs and DVDs and donate them to schools, children’s hospitals, or family shelters. Children in Need Put together backpacks of school supplies, fun books and comics, and gift cards for children and teens in foster care. Decorating Hospitals during the Holidays Help perk up those in the hospital during the holidays by making cards and seasonal art, and decorating lounges and patient rooms. Elder Cheer Take the time to befriend and help out an elderly neighbor. Help with chores and cooking, or surprise them with seasonal cards, crafts and well-wishes. Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  • 4. VolunteerSpot Philosophy F G H I J K Food Drive At VolunteerSpot, we believe that Decorate grocery bags and ask neighbors to fill them up. Think big! Local food banks volunteers should be rewarded for often provide collection bins for schools and other public locations. stepping forward and sharing their time Graffiti Removal and talents with those in need. All too Join other families in your neighborhood in scrubbing surfaces and painting over graffiti. often, volunteering means putting up Homeless Shelters with a certain amount of hassle or Serving those in need by collecting clothing, toys, toiletries, and volunteering on-site. frustration – whether that is late night Include Everyone emails, reply-all messages, reminder Volunteering is for children of all ages. Adapt service projects to include the very young. phone calls, or searching for a parking Involving children in decisions about volunteer projects builds personal ownership. space. Our sponsors enable us to provide Join a Fundraiser FREE tools that simplify volunteering Enter fun-runs, walks, and other activities to benefit a specific cause or local nonprofit powering your good work in schools (AIDS, Autism, MS, Alzheimer’s, your local library, food bank, shelter, etc.) and clubs, in your congregation and Keep Your City Beautiful neighborhoods. We can’t find you a Participate in cleanup and beautification activities in your local neighborhood, park, and parking place, but with VolunteerSpot, community spaces! DOING GOOD just got easier! Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  • 5. volunteerIng together strengthens L M N O P famIlIes by creatIng common goals, a Lend a Helping Hand sense of achIevement, Each child commits to helping three neighbors over a designated week. and Improved Mentor Children communIcatIon. Young children look up to older students as positive role models. Help with homework, reading and tutoring. Nursing Home Visits Children read stories, sing songs, and deliver greeting cards to senior citizens. Opportunity Knocks Volunteer with local nonprofits and community groups. Local Radio and TV stations and Volunteer Centers often have listings of help needed. Prom Dresses Organize a collection of prom dresses and accessories. Girls in economic need welcome a chance to dress up for homecoming and prom. Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  • 6. Q R S T U Quietly Serving Libraries always need volunteers to collect books, read to children and participate in fundraisers! Reuse and Recycle Organize a drop-off collection for clothes and coats, cans and bottles, bicycles, cell phones and computers. Serve Food Volunteers are needed all year, not just holidays, to prepare meals and feed families at shelters and community kitchens. Toy Drive Volunteering Collect toys to donate to less fortunate children. These are wel- come all year, not just during the holidays. together is FUN – Underwater Pick up trash and debris at a local creek, lake, or beach to keep Service builds character the waters clean and healthy. Monitor nesting foul and turtles and communities! to ensure their habitat is protected. Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  • 7. please vIsIt our blog for more volunteerIng V W X Y Z suggestIons and to share your project Voice Your Concern Ideas and storIes. Involve children in writing letters to advocate for causes you care about or to express sup- port for disaster victims and troops abroad. Work Party Assemble a team to rehabilitate a less fortunate corner of your neighborhood or a tired playground and make it a better place for families. X-ray—Volunteer at a Hospital Hospitals love volunteers to donate craft kits, books, and time! Yes I can! Volunteering is great for fostering responsibility and building self-confidence in children − children learn they are capable of helping in any situation. Zap! Wasn’t that easy? Volunteering at a young age is rewarding and builds positive service habits for life. Using VolunteerSpot makes it simple to organize volunteer activities with your school, friends, family, scouts and congregation! Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  • 8. PLAN OF ACTION All of these ideas from A-Z need a little bit of planning and volunteer coordination to be successful. Visit VolunteerSpot and use our simple, FREE web signup tool that makes volunteering easy! Thank you for making a difference in your community! more time for meaninGful work – leSS buSY work! Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  • 9. I spy volunteers! wearIng sImIlar hats, SUCCESSFUL VOLUNTEERING – 5 S’S shIrts or vests makes your group easy to spot. 1. Set Expectations – talk to children about what they will be seeing, who they will be meeting, and what behavior is expected. Coach children in making eye con- tact, smiling and demonstrating respectful behavior to everyone they will be serving and working with. 2. Seek Permission – What approval do you need for your volunteer activities? In some cases, like park clean up, permits may be required. 3. Supervise – Keep a close eye out on children at all times. 4. Safety First – Wear proper protective gear when participating in building and cleanup projects (e.g. gloves, safety glasses, vests). Are children given age-appropriate tools and chores? 5. Share your Stories – Please share your experiences and successes and inspire others to make a difference. Photos, stories and ideas welcome on our Blog. Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!
  • 10. THANK YOU! Thank you for downloading this FREE eBook from VolunteerSpot. We invite you to email it to your friends and post it on your website or blog. Please visit our Blog, to share your personal best practices, tips, and suggestions. Family Friendly Volunteering / VolunteerSpot , DOING GOOD just got easier!