Let's Volunteer: Family Philanthropy

10 Fun Volunteering Ideas

  • If you don't have a favorite charity or cause, hang on to this clip-and-save list of easy ways to give back with your child.
  • Collect canned goods or clothes for a local group or shelter.
  • Make cookies for a bake sale.
  • Pick up litter in your neighborhood park or playground.
  • Set up a lemonade stand to benefit our troops or a local hospital.
  • For her next birthday party, ask for donations instead of gifts, or donate a few of her old toys together before the celebration.
  • Do yard work, go grocery shopping, or bring the garbage cans in from the curb for an elderly neighbor.
  • Hand out flyers or stuff and stamp envelopes for an event in your area.
  • Collect books for your local library's book drive.
  • Raise money to fight a disease that has affected a family member or friend.

Need to find a charity to donate your time or money to? Check out charitynavigator.org. The site has an excellent rating system, and you can easily find local and national groups by cause.

Originally published in the July 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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