Hey Readers! This just came in over the transom (okay, over email): A lovely list of really great ideas for how to get kids volunteering. For instance: Take shelter dogs for a walk. Babysit to help a single parent. Form a clean-up crew to go in and help a senior clean her apartment. And so many more!
This is a subject close to my heart. My son and I help out in a homeless shelter and he’s there sort of sub rosa. Most volunteer jobs — like most other jobs, even newspaper delivery — now insist that participants be at least 18 years old. Yes, for insurance reasons. And also for not-believing-in-kids reasons. Discouraging volunteering is yet another way to discourage kids from taking responsibility and connecting with their community. So check out the list and be inspired! — Lenore