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Help a Mom: Seeking places to volunteer with kids

Posted April 16, 2013

I received this email from a local mom this week:

When I had my daughter, I was still able to volunteer with her at the pet shelter and some smaller things at Red Cross. It is too difficult with two now. If you could do an article or even better a calendar like thing with places for parents to take their children to volunteer, that would be great. I want my children to know what it means to be a part of community, however small the task.

In November or early December, I always write posts about volunteer opportunities for young kids and tweens and teens across the Triangle. Check the box to the left for posts from previous years. While those posts come out during the holidays, the ideas - from cards for nursing home residents to helping out at the food bank to making birthday kits - can be done all year.

But I would love to write more about volunteer opportunities for kids across the region. How has your family helped the community out?

Do you have advice for this mom? Please share your tips in the comments box below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").

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  • BnP Apr 18, 2013

    I'm part of the Cary Jaycees and we do many projects with kids, like making and then taking cards to the Cary Rehabilitation center. We have also done a Kid Carnival where the money goes to the Jaycee Burn center.

  • rasalgueiro Apr 17, 2013

    Hope Reins on Creedmore Rd. allows children on the weekends to help around the farm. Also, Meals on Wheels allows you to deliver meals with your children in tow. I take my daughter to help deliver meals. It can really brighten someone's day.

  • JAT Apr 17, 2013

    there's a working farm somewhere along Tryon Road in Cary that has animals and stuff, and I think they support the food shelter. They're always in need of helpers to work on the chicken coops, fences, and play with the animals.