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 November, celebrate World Kindness Day, take the Casserole Challenge, adopt a family, and more.

5 Ways to Give Back with Your Kids This November

Thank a Veteran

November 11th is Veteran’s Day. Through Operation Gratitude, kids can write and send letters to new recruits, veterans, and first responders. Visit their website for writing suggestions and then mail your letters. You can also make cards and send them to Operation Welcome Home MarylandMORE

Celebrate World Kindness Day

Tuesday, November 13th is World Kindness Day. It’s easy to participate. All you have to do is celebrate and promote good deeds by pledging acts of kindness. We’ve rounded up 100 different ideas that are all kid-friendly! MORE

Baltimore County Public Library’s Fifth Annual Connecting the Community Toy Drive

In an effort to bring excitement and fun to children who are less fortunate this holiday season, Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL) kicked off its annual Connecting the Community Toy Drive yesterday, November 5. The drive, which runs through December 7, aims to collect toys that will be donated to various community-based nonprofits throughout Baltimore County. The public is invited to leave new, unwrapped toys in the conspicuously displayed decorative bins at all Baltimore County Public Library locations. As BCPL has 19 locations throughout the county, each branch has chosen a local organization to which its toy donations will be contributed. 

Adopt a Family Through Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance

It’s the 10th year for DBFA’s Annual Adopt-a-Family event.  For many local families struggling just to make ends meet, the luxury of purchasing gifts for their children during the holiday season simply does not exist. That’s where the adopt-a-family program steps it. DBFA works with city schools to identify families in need and matches them with families looking to give back. Over the years, they’ve supported over 1500 Baltimore City families! With your help, they can remind families in need that their community cares about them. Sign up to adopt a family HERE.

Take JVC’s Casserole Challenge

Want a great way to give back after your Thanksgiving dinner celebration? Make a casserole for a family in need! Last year Jewish Volunteer Connection collected close to 400 casseroles and they are hoping to make an even bigger impact this year. Recipients include a variety of local organizations that support families and individuals in need. All you have to do is make your favorite casserole/meal in the casserole tin. Place a label on the cover of the casserole with an explanation of what you made and any key ingredients or common allergens. Freeze casseroles or make sure they are freshly delivered. Casseroles are being collected in various locations on Monday, November 26th! MORE INFO/REGISTER

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