National Volunteer Month: Take Your Toddler Along
- Mel Kaspin Blume
…act of kindness counts, we started thinking small -- like toddler-sized -- because our littles don’t just turn kind on their 4th birthdays (although that would be epic). To introduce them to the concept, we read books and show videos, but as we all know, nothing compares to living it. In honor of National Volunteer Month, we thought we’d share some ways to invite our changemakers-in-training into the world of helping others.
“Quality time” can be defined in so many ways -- cuddling up on the couch, building a fort, putting together a giant puzzle. But, what if we deepen the meaning, amp it up, and bring those in need into our QT? We think it can bring us one step closer to reaching one major mama goal: Raising big-hearted humans.
…around for kid-friendly volunteer opportunities, and found many ways our littles can participate in a social good lifestyle. The first one we felt is quite doable is Meals on Wheels. The well-known, national organization delivers nutritious meals to senior citizens who are in danger of going hungry. Having a quick visit with an elderly person while you deliver a fresh meal is so rewarding -- and means even more when your kiddo can participate in this beautiful act of kindness.
Cubs fan? You might want to check out The Honeycomb Project. With a mission to engage, mobilize and inspire kids and their families to strengthen Chicago’s communities through public service, Honeycomb projects help at-risk, homeless, and low-income individuals and families, and improve natural and recreational areas in under-served communities. There’s nothing like rolling up your sleeves and taking action with your kiddos.
…the LA sunshine? Angelenos can peruse the family-friendly opportunities available through the Westside Food Bank located in Santa Monica. All ages are welcome to assist with the very-necessary food sorting. When it comes down to paying for rent or food, the Westside Food Bank enables people to stay in their homes by providing the latter. Not much surpasses helping others eat and avoid homelessness. Living in (or near) the city that never sleeps? Families can join forces with the Food Bank for New York City to also food sorting and organize -- volunteers of all ages are welcome.
There are plenty of ways to open up your little one’s eyes and start inspiring their budding imaginations. In addition to these life-changing organizations, you can also check out your local animal shelters, parks, and ocean clean-ups for more ways to get the whole family involved. It’s never too early to grow a huge heart.