Volunteering with the Kids—Free, Fun and Meaningful!

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January 15, 2018 By: JT Pinther Category: SHH News

Nicole has always been involved in her community, especially through volunteering. When Nicole became a mom, she knew this was something she wanted to pass on to her two daughters early in their lives. Oddly enough, it wasn’t as easy to do as she thought.

Looking for places to volunteer, Nicole quickly found that minimum age requirements are common. Her youngest, who was nine at the time, was much younger than most opportunities asked for.

But at Second Harvest Heartland, kids can help as young as eight.

Nicole signed up for her family’s first Bring Your Child to Serve Day shift three years ago. This annual event on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is dedicated to community service, a day of sorting and packing food for hungry neighbors, geared especially for families. Nicole has been bringing her daughters every year since!

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“The kids get off school,” Nicole said, “so it’s perfect. It fits so well with what we want to do. The employees are funny. Everyone’s great—it’s a great organization. We love to come in!”

Bring Your Child to Serve Day is a specific event focused on family volunteering, but kids are welcome all year round.

“We donate monetary too, but I don’t think it’s the same impact when my kids see that,” Nicole said. “I want them to see we enjoy doing this as a family. I hope when they’re older, they have their own kindness and drive to serve other people.”

Nicole said even a short volunteer shift makes a priceless impact. “Anyone can give an hour—just take the time, and really help a neighbor, a coworker, someone at your church. It goes without recognition most of the time. And I want my kids to continue even when I’m no longer making them do things!”


Sometimes after the holidays end, we see fewer volunteers come through the doors, but we need your help all year round! Find a day this winter to stay warm, have some fun and make a big difference with your family. Take a look at our volunteer calendar for openings and join us for a volunteer shift.


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