Summer is a great opportunity to get into the spirit of giving. Volunteering as a family shows your children how to make a difference, and it will make them feel good. St. Charles Borromeo, an Orlando Catholic school, has a list of ways to give back to the community this summer.
Fill Grocery Bags With Food
Gather non-perishable items and place them in reusable grocery bags your family decorated. Hunger projects encourage team building and strengthen bonds. Feeding America has a food bank locator to find a drop-off location.
Bundle Blessing Bags for the Homeless
Orlando Union Rescue Mission has an excellent guide to creating care packages for those in need. Even the simplest care kits can go a long way for a homeless person. Fill it up with the essentials, such as toothpaste, deodorant, socks, brushes, and snacks. Donating the items with your child gives them a lasting impression.
Do Yard Work
There is probably an elderly person in your neighborhood that can’t do their own yard work. This is a good opportunity for your child to develop work skills and encourage them to care for the elderly. Recruit a team of your child’s friends, so he feels more encouraged to do it and see it as fun. Have them work as a team with assigned tasks — shoveling and weeding, mowing the lawn, and raking the leaves.
Adopt a Family
Adopting a family for the holidays instills a sense of kindness, giving, and faith in your children. After you apply, you’ll be matched with a recipient — a low-income child or family who needs resources. Brainstorm gift ideas with your family once you learn of the child’s specifics, such as age and gender. Then, it’s time to go shopping! Contact the local Catholic Charities to find your match.
Help an Animal Shelter
This should be an easy activity for those who already have pets, and it teaches your children how to be responsible for them! Visit your local animal shelter to assist with walking the dogs, cleaning the cages and litter boxes, and just playing with the animals. Donations are always appreciated as well if you want to go the extra mile.
When you’re done, discuss what you did, how it made your family feel, and what they learned. Build their enthusiasm and let them choose which service project they want to do next time!
St. Charles Borromeo, an Orlando Catholic school, is more than just a place to learn; it’s a community. Our staff is committed to proclaiming the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ. We believe in teaching the whole child and want students to love learning, helping them grow into well-rounded, contributing members of society. Learn more about us by contacting us here.