It is very important to me that my children learn to give of their time and money. It's important that we volunteer together as a family. With the Holidays approaching it's a great way to teach kids how to give back to their community. Here is a list of community service in New Orleans for kids to do with their families.
Community Service In New Orleans For All Ages
I have my children participate in cleaning out closets to donate clothes. We also have a rule at Christmas time that for every new toy going into your room, one must come out. We donate those toys that are in good condition.
Clean Up Litter
Kids can clean up a nearby park, playground, or other area.
Visit a Assisted Living/Retirement Center
Bring your children to visit family or others that don’t get visitors. You can bring them homemade cards etc during your visit.
Collect Mardi Gras Beads
Collect Mardi Gras beads from your attic, neighbors and friends. Beads can be given to non-profits such as ARC, St. Michael's, and Save An Angel.
Community Service In New Orleans For Middle Schoolers
This is a great local place to volunteer located in the Elmwood area. They have warehouse shifts involve sorting and organizing foods. I have personally volunteered here, and think that it is a great opportunity for your children to be involved in feeding families. The minimum age is 9 and requires a guardian.
This is another great opportunity for children ages 10 and up. My son and I have served meals here together before. It was a great way to serve where your children can actually actively help the homeless by physically handing someone a meal. There are other various tasks at New Orleans largest homeless shelter as well. They also have a center in Lacombe now as well. Volunteering is made easy on their website.
Community Service In New Orleans For Teenagers
This organization rebuilds and repairs homes for low-income elderly, disabled, or veteran homeowners. I volunteered with the organization this year. We painted a home. The homeowners were on-site as we worked. The elderly couple talked and interacted with the volunteers. The minimum age is 15.
Arc of Greater New Orleans serves 1,000 children and adults in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and St. Tammany Parishes. Arc provides various services in community including Family Service Coordination, Respite, Personal Care, Employment Services, Day-Habilitation and Supported Living Assistance. Arc collects Mardi Gras beads which are then sold to benefit the organization. Volunteers can help with Mardi Gras bead sorting.The minimum age is 16.
Animal lovers will enjoy this experience. Tasks vary based on age including dog walking and cleaning cat cages. The minimum age is 14.
A big thank you to William Stoudt who is the director at Rebuilding Together New Orleans for several of the suggestions for volunteer opportunities.
Do you have ways that kids can do community service in New Orleans that we missed? If so let us know in the comments.
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