There is no age requirement when it comes to volunteering. Get kids involved early! Stress that you are not only helping your community, but you are also serving God.
Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors—to treat others with kindness and help them when they are in need. Here are some fun, easy projects to get kids engaged and interacting, whether it’s at VBS, in Sunday School, or at home.
Volunteer at a food pantry
Going to a food pantry to help sort food and donating food will help others in need. This teaches kids to work together and builds teamwork skills.
Host a clothing drive
New clothes are great. You look forward to wearing that new shirt or the cool tennis shoes that light up when you take a step. Unless you have a huge closet, you have to make room for those new clothes by getting rid of the old clothes. Encourage kids to clean out their closets to provide clothing for others.
Have a back-to-school drive
It is always exciting getting a new backpack for the new school year! However, not everyone can get a new backpack each year. Help kids learn generosity and the importance of helping others their age by providing school supplies. CPH hosts an annual school supply drive called Operation F.U.N., where donated school supplies are put into backpacks and given to kids in need.
Volunteer to clean up the park
The park is a place to play and have fun. When it is full of trash, it takes the fun out of the park. Get a Sunday School class or a group of friends to pick up trash throughout the park. Make it a fun game where whoever picks up the most trash wins!
Host a toy drive
This is a perfect project for Christmastime! The holiday season can be a tough time of year for many people. Parents want to provide a memorable Christmas for their children, and a toy or gift drive can help. This project helps kids learn the importance of giving to others and of being grateful for what they have.
Have a book drive
Let children choose favorite books to donate to others. Encourage them to choose books that share the Gospel message of Jesus’ love.
Make cards for kids in the hospital
We often take our health for granted, but some children spend most of their young lives in hospitals. This can be a fun project of coloring and writing for kids, as well as an opportunity for them to share favorite Bible verses or songs about Jesus in the cards.
By coming together to work on a project, children can build valuable skills as well as serve our Lord God. What service project ideas do you have to get kids involved?