Business and Volunteer Ideas That Your Family Can Do
Most kids reach an age where they want to help people, make their own money, or both. The summertime is especially conducive because they don’t have school to distract them. So here are some business and volunteer ideas that your children can do this summer.
We can safely say that kids that are interested in volunteering and business are on the path to success. Ergo, you should encourage them by getting the whole family involved for support and lessons in responsibility, confidence, and compassion.
Redo the Old Lemonade Stand into a Morning Cup-of-Joe Stand for Early Risers in Your Neighborhood
Have you ever watched your neighbors stumble to their cars in the mornings, rolling towards another day at work? Stir up your child’s enterprising spirit. Set up a coffee stand outside with fresh pots of brew that your kiddos can pour and deliver. Charge a couple of quarters for a cup of joe.
Moreover, there’s the eternal lemonade stand. Many kids have earned just by selling lemonade. You can earn some more if you also sell some baked goodies with your lemonade. Plus, you may also have another item — lemon and herb-infused water.
Or, simply show your kids how to care and think about others. They can dole out free shots of caffeine for the hard workers in your community. The kindness they show will surely be passed on, as the community workers would continue to serve happily.
Create Food, Beverage, and Essentials Bags for the Homeless
If you live near a big city or town, chances are you know of a few places where the homeless populations gather for refuge from the elements.
These people rely on the kindness of others, so show them compassion with essentials bags that you and your kids can make at home. Include bottles of water, a toothbrush and toothpaste, some protein bars or beef jerky sticks, and maybe an inspirational message of hope. These will inspire those people to keep looking forward.
Gather Old Blankets, Pillows, and Sheets for Animal Shelters
Animal shelters are always accepting of donations for their cats and dogs. Ask your kids to throw together old sheets, pillows, and blankets—washed and neatly folded, to take down to the local animal shelter. You and your kiddos can provide comfort while those precious pets await their forever homes.
Call ahead beforehand though to make sure they are open and in need of what your family has to offer. You may also want to consider pet adoption.
If you are low on business and volunteer ideas that you and your little ones can work on as a family, get your kids to think. Ask them to come up with a list of compassion-fueled business or volunteer ideas that both help others. Make them aware that these should instill a sense of hope in your neighborhood or community.
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: