It’s finally Summer, and even though kids have been home for a while, many families are looking to do anything but have a lazy Summer break. In between pool parties and Summer getaways, find some time to give back with these fun activities for the whole family.
When it comes to giving back to the community, any action big or small can make a real difference. Whether you’re volunteering at your local food bank or donating money to someone in need, you can have a positive impact on your hometown.
- Get to know your community and what they need. Each town and community are different so you should talk to local non-profits and town leadership to find out what type of involvement would be the most helpful. This could be as simple as volunteering to serve food at the local soup kitchen or organizing the food pantry at the local food bank.
- Host your own Lemonade Stand. Create your own lemonade stand and/or bake sale in your neighborhood and donate the proceeds to a local non-profit. It’s a great way to have some fun, talk to your neighbors, and do something good for the community. Plus your children will not only learn the value of giving but a quick lesson in running a business!
- Grow your own produce to donate. Many food pantries are short on fresh fruit and veggies. Why not donate part of your harvest to those in need. Encourage your neighbors to help and create a community garden where everyone can chip in.
- Organize a food drive. Join forces with a local church, supermarket, or other community organization to set up a food drive. Find out what items are most needed and create a shopping list to hand out to people as they enter the store. Many people donate to food drives around the holidays, but often forget that they need food year-round.
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter. This can be as simple as cleaning out cages or taking dogs for a walk to get exercise. It’s a great way to get the whole family involved and play with a lot of different dogs and cats. You can also collect blankets, food and other supplies to donate.
- Clean up a public space. This takes no planning or advance notice. The family can enjoy some time outside while also cleaning up a hiking trail, playground, or park. Just bring some gloves and a couple of garbage bags and clean up the space as you enjoy using it.
- Spread the word. Kindness is contagious. Share your efforts on social media to encourage others to give back alongside you. This can be as simple as sharing a donation page, info about a community event you are involved in, or even the small things you are doing on your own. You may inspire others to join in with you.
Whether you choose to get involved in a pre-established organization or create something entirely your own, the Summer can be an excellent time to explore new ways to give back and make an impact.
Vice President, Lakeville Manager