SUMMER… this can be a scary word for moms, dads, grandparents, and/or caretakers. Your children are home and the dreaded comment, “I AM BORED” comes out of their mouth. Give them something productive and meaningful to do this summer!  Service projects are such an excellent way to get your children engaged in something they can be proud of while also keeping them busy!

Here are a list of service projects month by month you can do with your children this summer…

June: Special Needs- Be an advocate for those that are differently-abled.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Volunteer to help at a Special Olympics event.
  2. Make gifts with friends for kids in the hospital.
  3. Bring toys or make blankets to children in the cancer ward of a hospital.
  4. Clean a neighbor’s yard who can not do it themselves.
  5. Work with physically challenged kids on an art project.

July: Caring for Kids, Family and Friends- Shape a promising future for children, tweens and teens while reaching out to those closest to you.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Celebrate a birthday by asking friends to donate items for causes instead of gifts.
  2. Make blankets for family or friends who are having a hard time.
  3. Create a birthday party for kids at a homeless shelter by volunteering at a party, stuffing goody bags, or holding a gift drive. More details at www.birthdaywishes.org
  4. Send some smiles and hugs to sick children with a special delivery of happy mail. Visit www.makeachildsmile.org and www.hugsandhope.com to receive names and stories of ill children that would love to receive some happy mail.

August: Excelling in Education- Make learning an engaging, lifelong pursuit.

Here are a few ideas:

  1. Hold a use book sale and donate the money.
  2. Make new kid survival kits for new students at the school.
  3. Collect school supplies to give to kids who need them.
  4. Collect children’s books for the needy.
  5. Conduct a canned goods drive before school begins and donate to local food bank.

 

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