“It makes me feel grateful,” says high-school student, Meghan McSpiritt, 17, of the volunteer hours she puts in as an assistant coach at her local youth track and field program. “I participated in track from when I was young and now I am lucky enough to give back to a program that I went through and learned so much from. And I am grateful I can help other children in my community experience this, too.”
Gratitude, like Meghan’s, is just one take-away for kids and teens who volunteer. Volunteering also teaches compassion, empathy, acceptance, and community responsibility (this list could go on and on!). And, kids who volunteer are more likely to continue volunteering as adults.
Volunteering is a healthy habit to start when you’re young. More than 62 million Americans volunteer, and over 70% of people who volunteer report feeling happier, healthier and less stressed because of it!
“I think the experience is just as rewarding for me as it is for whoever I am helping,” says high-schooler Casey Caroselli, 17, who volunteers at a program called TOPSoccer, teaching children with special needs how to play soccer. “I truly enjoy volunteering and I never regret the time that I spend doing it.”
With school almost out for summer, now is the perfect time to get your kids thinking about volunteering.
Volunteer Opportunities for Kids
Of course, the sky is the limit to how your kids, teens and even your whole family could participate in summer volunteering activities.
Check out our page on 7 volunteer ideas that are perfect for kids. You can filter by “volunteer type” to find opportunities that are geared towards Kids Friendly (12 & under accompanied by a parent) or Youth Friendly (13-17).
Are your kids in a Scout or 4-H program? Take a look at Cabot’s Patch Programs here. Our B the Change Patch encourages kids to help their community with fun volunteer ideas.
Need more ideas? You can also visit our Reward Volunteers page to find summer volunteer programs in your area.
Here at Cabot, we love to volunteer (Meghan and Casey both have moms that work for Cabot). And we love to support volunteers, too. You may have heard of our Farmers’ Gratitude Grille—a state-of-the-art traveling kitchen we deploy around the country to feed volunteer groups. Or, you may know about Reward Volunteers, our free program that helps you track volunteer hours at non-profit organizations and gives you the chance to earn rewards for your good work!
Check out Cabot’s fun prizes for folks who volunteer, from cash for organizations to vacations, gift cards and much more, here.
So what are you waiting for? Talk to your kids about what summer volunteer ideas they might have and choose one.