Volunteering and giving back is one way we can all “create the good” in the world. But finding the right volunteer opportunity that’s also kid-friendly can be tough — especially if you have young kids. So in partnership with #LittleLionChallenge, we’ll be highlighting ways your family can give back to our community every month. This month’s round-up of volunteer experiences includes everything from decorating lunch bags at Kindness Carnival to the Annual Buddy Walk to reading to homeless animals.

5 Ways to Give Back with Your Kids this October

Kindness Carnival

Lots of ways to give back — all in one place! Join (cool) progeny at St. Paul’s Lower School on Saturday, October 13th from 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM for our first-ever Kindness Carnival! Families will have an opportunity to participate in a variety of service learning and volunteer activities designed for kids. Make dog toys and treats for a local shelter, assemble blessing bags for the homeless, decorate lunch bags for Manna House, paint kindness rocks, and more. It’s an afternoon of doing good and choosing kind. MORE

Join the Buddy Walk

Head to Rash Field on October 21st for the 5th Annual Baltimore Buddy Walk. Since 1995, the Buddy Walk® has become the premier advocacy event for Down syndrome in the United States. It is also the world’s most widely recognized public awareness program for the Down syndrome community. Following the walk and 3.21 Mile Celebration Run will be family-friendly activities at Rash Field. Funds raised benefit Chesapeake Down Syndrome Parent Group. Register by 10/9 to receive a T-Shirt. MORE

Help in the Maryland Food Bank Kitchen

Have older kids? They can give back at the Maryland Food Bank Kitchen by helping to prepare ingredients and package meals for distribution across the state. Volunteers must be at least 12 years old, able to lift 25 pounds, and able to stand for three hours. You can volunteer as an individual or a group (5-10 volunteers). MORE

Make Fleece Blankets for Local Hospitals

Weather is getting colder — so why not do something to generate warmth? (No sewing required!) Join Jewish Volunteer Connection and Live with Purpose by making fleece blankets for people who could use some extra warmth this season. (Best part? You can do this at home! They have the instructions for how to make blankets here.) Fleece blankets will be donated to various organizations in Baltimore that help support those in need in our community. Recipient partners include Sinai Hospital and My Sister’s Place. MORE

Read to the Animals at Baltimore Humane Society

Schedule time to read aloud to a homeless dog, cat, or small animal at Baltimore Humane Society. You’ll be giving much needed companionship to a lonely animal… and getting in some time for that book you’ve been meaning to read. Their program is designed for children, adults, and seniors!  Come individually or as a group.  All they ask is that you schedule your time with them and bring in your reading material. MORE