8 Small Volunteer Acts You Can Teach Your Child Now

Plant a Tree

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a young tree cools like 10 room-size air conditioners working 20 hours a day [source: Arbor Day Foundation].

Yard Work, Home Maintenance and Construction

One of the most successful volunteer groups is Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for Humanity volunteers have constructed over 400,000 simple, comfortable.

Help the Animal Shelter

Pet ownership encourages youngsters to put others' needs before their own. Some families aren't ready for full-time pet ownership.

Collect Money for Charitable Organizations

Every dime matters. Parents may educate their kids to donate to charities. A youngster learns kindness, compassion, and appreciation by giving or raising money for a charity.

Give to Shelters and Food Banks

Be honest. Young children and some adults find homeless shelters and food banks scary. As a parent, you want to teach your kids about the poor without scaring them.

Walk for a Cause

Walks and runs for charity are popular fundraisers. All contributions from friends and family go to the charity of choice to help participants.

Work at a Community Garden

Growing your own food is a source of pride for gardeners. Self-grown carrots taste sweeter. When cultivated without pesticides or other chemicals, leafy greens look healthier.

Be a Friend to the Sick and Disabled

Kids and adults might be scared of hospitals too. Meeting sick people might be daunting, but it's crucial to teach kids compassion to look beyond disease.