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Volunteering ideas for families

Family volunteering is a great way to strengthen families, teach values of kindness and compassion, and build a stronger community.

Clean out your closet and donate clothes, toys and games that are in good condition.

Write letters and send care packages to troops serving abroad.

Donate your hair for children with cancer.

Collect items to make baby bags (diapers, baby bottles, pacifiers, baby food).

Clean a park.

Provide child care for a family in need.

Donate gently-used books.

Help serve a meal at Salvation Army or Place of Hope.

Conduct a food drive.

Participate in a walk or run and collect pledges to raise funds for an organization.

Make fleece tie blankets.

Make food for families with relatives in the hospital.

Interview people in a nursing home about their childhood and record their memories.

Hold a back-to-school drive for school supplies.

Mow your neighbor's lawn, shovel snow or rake leaves when they need help or are on vacation.

Musical performance in a nursing home.

Be a Big family with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Play games with residents in a long-term care facility.

Host a lemonade stand and donate money to a favorite charity.

Host a birthday party and collect food items for the food shelf.

Make a meal or bake for a friend in need.

Create greeting cards to brighten someone's day in the hospital.

Ring Bells for Salvation Army.

Adopt a family for Christmas or donate to Toys for Tots.

Plant a tree.

Assemble activity kits for kids in the hospital.

Write a letter to your legislature about an issue that is important to your family.

Provide animal care for someone who is sick or on vacation.

Become a visitor to a resident in a long-term care facility.

For more information on family volunteer opportunities and ideas, contact Mary Krippner at (320) 252-0227 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .