Sometimes it is hard to figure out ways for young kids to volunteer and give back, but really there are plenty of options! Here are some local opportunities for families with kids in Walnut Creek, Concord, Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga and Danville - East Bay.
Attend a Mindful Littles event. Mindful Littles is an awesome local organization focused on community service, mindfulness and creative yoga for families with children. Events are held in various locations in Walnut Creek and Lamorinda.
Visit a nursing home to bring crafts, sing songs or play games with residents (make sure to call first!) OR bring your kiddo along to deliver meals to senior citizens through Meals on Wheels Diablo Region.
Help out at a Save Mount Diablo restoration workday (held once monthly) or a garden work party at the Pleasant Hill Community Garden (held twice monthly). Make sure to sign up online first!
Most local cities also have an annual or bi-annual community service day, so keep your eye on your city calendar (or the Diablo Kid calendar - we usually post these.) The East Bay Regional Parks activity calendar offers clean-up and restoration activities as well.
If an organized event isn't your thing, simply head to your local park with a pair of gloves to pick up litter.
Participate in the Family Food Sort at the Food Bank of Contra Costa County, held twice a month on Sundays. Spots do book up in advance, so be sure to sign up for the Food Bank e-newletter to get notified when new opportunities are released.
Check out Shelter Inc's website for information on holding a donation drive for homeless families. White Pony Express is another local organization doing good works for our community.
Make something for others. Cards for vets, cookies for police officers, a Project in a Box from Hands On Bay Area, or pet toys for an animal shelter (check out the DIY Cat and Dog Toy Manual posted by Tony La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation).
Adopt-a-Family for the holidays and help those in need find more joy and less stress during this time.
DoSomething.org has lots of ideas for service projects that can be done from home, at school or with a playgroup.
Kids in kindergarten and older can join Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts - both are community service oriented programs.
Did we miss a great opportunity for local kids to give back? Please don't be shy - tell us!