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Old 10-25-2012, 07:15 AM
 
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One of my homeschool groups has just started a charter in 4-H and I am in charge of producing volunteer opportunities for our kids. We plan to be pretty active with at least two volunteer projects a month. I'm looking through past threads, googling and taking notes but I was wondering if any of you have any ideas as well or know of any places that could really use our help at the moment. We are looking to volunteer in any area that is open to ages 8 and up. We don't mind having some opportunities with age restrictions but we want to get our younger ones involved as much as possible as well. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-25-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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The San Antonio Food Bank. They have two opportunities in the warehouse--one is sorting through the donations and another is packing boxes for distribution. I have seen elementary, middle school and high school kids at both. Not sure what is happening out in the garden, but we have seen all ages out there, as well. They also have a couple of holiday related programs to collect food for those in need. One of them is for kids who rely on school for breakfast and lunch programs--they give them a backpack of food for the holiday break.
We make cards for a nursing home nearby--for holidays, as well as birthdays. The patients and staff love it. My daughter's Bible club in middle school visited a few times after school and everyone involved enjoyed it. My daughter really hit off with one patient and our family went to visit her several times before she went home. I think you could do the same for the children's wing at any of the hospitals.
There are 3 Ronald McDonald Houses here in San Antonio. We used to make chemo and preemie caps to them. I have heard of schools collecting aluminum cans or can tabs and recyling them, then turning the monies over to RM Charities.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Mid South Central TX
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In a few weeks, Elf Louise will begin to need "wrappers"...took a group of 5th graders about 6 years ago.
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Animal control takes offsite volunteers ages 8 and up, to work adoption booths, events, things like that. To volunteer at their facility you have to be 12 or older. They want a $10 "donation" to cover the cost of the tshirt and nametag.
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Old 10-29-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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One of my homeschool groups has just started a charter in 4-H and I am in charge of producing volunteer opportunities for our kids. We plan to be pretty active with at least two volunteer projects a month. I'm looking through past threads, googling and taking notes but I was wondering if any of you have any ideas as well or know of any places that could really use our help at the moment. We are looking to volunteer in any area that is open to ages 8 and up. We don't mind having some opportunities with age restrictions but we want to get our younger ones involved as much as possible as well. Thanks in advance.
CW, will you DM me the name and location of your homeschool 4H group? If the location isn't too far from me I would be interested in joining. Thank you.
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:20 AM
 
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One of my homeschool groups has just started a charter in 4-H and I am in charge of producing volunteer opportunities for our kids. We plan to be pretty active with at least two volunteer projects a month. I'm looking through past threads, googling and taking notes but I was wondering if any of you have any ideas as well or know of any places that could really use our help at the moment. We are looking to volunteer in any area that is open to ages 8 and up. We don't mind having some opportunities with age restrictions but we want to get our younger ones involved as much as possible as well. Thanks in advance.
What a wonderful project....I used to be a social service director at a nursing home. The highlight's of the residents were often visiting children during the holidays. Another opportunity might involve having your young members "adopt" a grandma, grandpa...and visit weekly...They would pick a person that wanted visits, it is such a joy watching the interactions...wise seniors have much to share, they just need the opportunities...very enriching for children.

Another idea might be your local meals on wheels program...A parent could assist children in delivering meals for your local participants...Often the delivery person is the only one some of these folks ever see at their door. It was something I had the opportunity to do myself...what a blessing.

Doing Christmas carols at various senior centers, or at seniors homes would be lots of fun too.

The local pet shelter could probably use some willing helping hands. Feeding or walking some of the friendly dogs would be wonderful help.

Putting up decorated trees w/ folks anonymous list of age, sizes, needs and delivering the gifts to these folks would be a real Christmas blessing. You'd need to contact local social service agencies to get participants names. Or vary this, by collecting foods to put together Holiday baskets and deliver those.

Have fun w/ your project.

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