As kids head off to camp or the pool this summer, it might be hard for some of them to remember that many other kids and families in our region are not so lucky.
Last week, I shared some ideas for starting up a neighborhood collection drive for different agencies. Today, the United Way of the Greater Triangle recommends some very specific volunteer opportunities for kids and teens to help out in the community.
These are just a sampling of the opportunities. Go to the United Way's website and click on the blue Volunteer button for more ideas.
- Kids Day at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is held monthly for kids ages 5 to 12. Kids can tour the warehouse and participate in age-appropriate food sorting projects. For instance, they might repackage bulk food into family-size portions. Kids Day is offered at the Durham, Greenville and Raleigh branches. All kids must be with an adult. Click here for more information and to sign up. The Food Bank also encourages volunteers of all ages to hold a food drive or fundraiser, such as a lemonade stand. Click here for details.
- Kids ages 12 to 17 with a parent or guardian can serve as warehouse volunteers at the food bank. Volunteers sort products and repackage bulk food. This is a perfect activity for a group of kids. Click here to for details and to sign up.
- Meals on Wheels of Durham needs meal packers and bag carriers. Volunteers must be 10 years and older. They will assemble the cold portion of the meals, pack coolers with meals to be delivered to home-bound clients and carry bags out to the cars for volunteer drivers. Packing occurs from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and bag carrying occurs 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. each weekday. Volunteers can come as often as they wish. Contact Sharon Lawson at 919-667-9424 for more information.
- Teaming for Technology needs volunteers ages 10 and up to refurbish and clean donated computers. The group is in Morrisville. Volunteers are needed anytime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., weekdays. Click here for details.
- The Kramden Institute has Wednesday evening work nights when volunteers refurbish computers for students in the Triangle and beyond. Dinner is served. Volunteers must be age 12 and older. Kramden Institute is in Durham. For details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Salvation Army of Smithfield could use some volunteer receptionists, who must be 16 years and older. For details, contact Kevin_Justice@uss.salvationarmy.org.
- The Durham Economic Resource Center needs volunteers, ages 16 and up, to tutor adults in basic math and/or grammar to help them pass worker competency tests. Volunteers might also help with filing, answering phones and making follow-up calls. The center is in Durham. Contact Jacqueline Brown at 919-682-5912 for more information.