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. Here are five ways you can give back — with your kids! — this November.

Five Ways to Volunteer With Your Kids This Month

Bring the Family to our Friendsgiving Play Date

On November 23rd, we’re co-hosting our first Friendsgiving with St. Paul’s Pre and Lower and School. This celebration of friendship is a “buffet” of volunteer opportunities! Kids will be able to complete projects that support organizations like Manna House, Royal Family Kids, and the SPCA. Dinner will also be served! MORE


Participate in JVC’s Casserole Challenge

This Thanksgiving season help feed Baltimore families with your favorite casserole recipes! Jewish Volunteer Connection will be collecting casseroles on Tuesday, December 3rd at locations around Baltimore County and Baltimore City. Last year they collected close to 400 casseroles! Recipients include a variety of local organizations that support families and individuals in need. All you have to do to participate is sign up, make a casserole in a disposable casserole dish, place a label on the front with information about your dish (including common allergens) and drop it off! MORE

Play It Forward with CLEF

This is a pretty (cool) story — and a great opportunity for young musicians and performers! CLEF was founded in October 2012 by Imbie Tamba, a mother of two young musicians; Noah (13yo) and Hannah (11yo). After calling around volunteer projects in Baltimore to find a place for her two children to participate, she found out that the minimum age for most kid-friendly volunteer activities was 8 years old (hers we 5 and 4 at the time!). So she decided to start one for her children, for them to share their music to senior residents at nursing homes. She now organizes over 100 kid volunteers who perform at seven different nursing homes. MORE

Create Veteran Comfort Kits for Veterans’ Day with United Way

*NOTE – Since publication, we have learned that the information we received about this event was incorrect. This activity is not kid-friendly. For other ways that kids can work with United Way, please visit their website.

Join United Way of Central Maryland on November 13th from 4 PM – 7 PM for a Veteran’s Day service activity. Volunteers will meet at Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training to pack comfort kits for homeless veterans, write letters to soldiers overseas, and pack boxes of items for deployed soldiers. MORE

DIY Project for World Kindness Day

November 13th is World Kindness Day! Grab the kids and plan a project to do an act of kindness as a family. Need some ideas? Check out our 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge or these 100 Acts of Kindness You Can Do with Kids