Ways For Washington Kids To Give Back

One of the best ways to teach kids empathy and respect for others is with service projects.
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From volunteering at convalescent homes to participating in charity drives and events, children of all ages can benefit from volunteering and giving back to the community.  With summer on its way, this is the perfect time to get everyone fully involved in service.  Here are a few great ways for kids to give back.

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I was recently introduced to deliberateLIFE, an online magazine dedicated to showcasing a community of people seeking to make a difference in the world by choosing to do what is good for them, their families, local community, and neighbors across the sea.  Founder and editor Fay M. Johnson

In the ‘Kids Corner’ of their third issue, they researched summer camps that encourage kids to learn about other cultures, explore nature, and give back.  For example, Lifeworks International offers incredible summer programs and camps for teens, combining adventure travel, cultural immersion, community service, and global education during extraordinary expeditions around the world.  Your child can explore in amazing places like Thailand and the British Virgin Islands.

You can download the free iPad app here and push ‘Subscribe’ to get a free 1-month trial to check out the entire article (pages 35-37) and magazine.

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Who says you can’t party with a purpose?  My friend Rose recently hosted an amazing birthday party for her daughter, Faith.  Concerned with the plight of the animals at the Lewis County Animal Shelter, Faith wanted a party that would help them. She asked her party guests to bring food, treats and other supplies that they could use at the shelter.

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Check out the May issue of  Southwest Washington Family pages 7-9 for an article on  their party and learn about another little girl who also wanted to help the shelter.

Our Seattle Humane Society has a wish list of needs that you can have your guests fill for your own animal shelter party or host a pet food drive.

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If your child is the outdoorsy type, the Washington Trails Association offers volunteer trail work parties exclusively for teens. These one-day work parties provide a unique opportunity for young people to learn about trail maintenance and trails in their communities while meeting other young people interested in the outdoors.

Kids ages 10 and up can participate on their own during work parties and those under 14 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. After five work parties, volunteers earn their very own green hard hat with their name on it.

There are so many amazing opportunities to support local and global organizations…but if you are not sure where to start, check out VolunteerMatch and search for opportunities in your area.