Tips for Finding Family Volunteering Opportunities
Tip 1: Use VolunteerMatch
VolunteerMatch is geared to adult volunteering, but it’s a great resource for uncovering potential family opportunities. That’s because it can point you to nonprofits in your community actively seeking volunteer assistance. Here’s how to make VolunteerMatch work for you.
Click on “advanced search.” Insert your zip code, and indicate how far you’re willing to travel.
Then, if you’d like, add a keyword about your family’s interests. If you’re open to any opportunity, leave the “Keyword” section blank.
Scroll down and indicate whether you want opportunities that are “Great for” kids or teens, depending on the ages of your children.
Now click on “Search” and review your options. Many won’t suit families or your interests. When you find one that does, call or email the organization for details.
Alternatively, check out the “organizational results” on the right bar. If you see a group that interests you, call and ask how your family can help.
Tip 2: Check out your local volunteer center
Read and Reflect
All ready to volunteer? Already completed a volunteering project? We've got tips for how you can reflect on the experience with your child and enjoy deeper conversations that provide a chance for connection. In addition, we offer lists of recommended books to read before or after your volunteering efforts.