Volunteer Project Ideas for Kids

This post is brought to you by WeAreTeachers, the Allstate Foundation and WE.

Teaching our kids empathy and how to be a global citizen is so important, but where do you begin? A simple way to get started is by encouraging children to donate their time and talents through volunteer project ideas for kids.

volunteer ideas for kids

My son started kindergarten this year, and I’ve been so impressed by the amount of charitable projects at his school. From soup drives to baby blanket donations to fundraisers for local charities, he has had the chance to be involved in so many ways.

One thing I felt was missing, though, was an organized way for kids (and parents!) to contribute. Teachers are busy and there should be a simple way for them to plan and help their students carry out these volunteer projects.

That’s why we’ve partnered with WeAreTeachers and WE Volunteer Now, a simple way to start a volunteer campaign at your school.

When you sign up for WE Volunteer Now, you’ll receive an instant download with volunteer ideas, resources, and helpful ways to incorporate the volunteer experience into your classroom.

You’ll also get access to grade-specific lessons you can use right away. Plus, 500 schools will receive a $250 grant to use towards their volunteer project!

WE Volunteer Now Campaign Resources include:

  • A step-by-step guide on how to get started with service learning curriculum in your classroom
  • Volunteering ideas
  • Teacher checklists to keep you on track
  • A worksheet for you to complete with your class—by the end you’ll have a solid idea of which volunteering option is best for you!
  • We Volunteer Now curriculum


volunteer projects for kids

Made possible by The Allstate Foundation, the WE Volunteer Now grants help schools and youth groups in their effort to give back to their local communities in a creative and unique way!

The grants are worth $250, and there are 500 available. The grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to all eligible schools/groups, to be used towards supporting your volunteer project! The eligible school or youth organization must:

  • Have an educator, administrator, or adult group leader to fill out the application at https://goo.gl/fvNXrM
  • Be based in the U.S. and registered in the WE Schools program*
  • Plan to use the provided funds between October 2017 – October 2018
  • Include students/youth participants in grades K-12
  • Participate in the WE Volunteer Now Campaign

Last year, 4,200 schools across the United States signed up and participated in WE Schools. That’s 1.3 million students! Plus, over 3.1 million viewers watch the WE Day Special on CBS this past August.

volunteer project ideas for kids

Volunteer Project Ideas for Kids

Make chemo care kits for kids going through cancer treatment. via Pennies of Time

Have a blanket making party or host a blanket drive. via Simple Practical Beautiful

Donate bags of supplies for children relocating to a new foster home. via The Gunny Sack

Decorate a buddy bench for your school. via Jacksonville Moms Blog

Paint rocks for a fun and meaningful way to beautify your school. via Scary Mommy

Collect box tops to donate to your school. via Edventures with Kids

Clean up litter and trash near your school. via What’s Up Fagans?

In this hectic world of achievements and grades, it is tough for students (and their parents) to make the time for giving back. WE Schools and the WE Volunteer Now campaign show us all how accessible volunteering can be!

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