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Volunteer Ideas for You and Your Children

Release Date: July 5, 2023

Summer is here, and if you have children, you may be looking for a way to keep them entertained while out of school. Consider volunteer projects. Volunteering is an opportunity to do something meaningful that can help you to make new friends and learn new skills.

There are many ways to volunteer and help your community. Here are some ideas that are great for kids of all ages or to do as a family:

  • Trash pick-up. Choose a neighborhood, street, or park to beautify by picking up litter.
  • Show neighborly love. If you know an older person, visit them regularly to give them company, chat, or help with chores or yard work.
  • Check with your local homeless shelters. Many need help sorting donations or serving meals. You can also hold a community drive to collect supplies for hygiene kits or activity kits for kids.
  • Consider your local animal shelters. Your local animal shelter may need help laundering bedding, walking dogs, or taking photos of pets for adoptions.

Remember, small positive changes can make a big difference. To find a volunteer opportunity near you, check out serve.gov.

Your Employee Assistance Program is Here to Support

If you need additional assistance locating a volunteer opportunity, contact your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP). EAP can assist in providing resources and information on any aspect of daily living. EAP support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information or for help in contacting your EAP, send an email to your DHS Work-Life specialists at worklife@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 07/05/2023
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