June 25, 2018

Give with your kids this summer using United Way’s volunteer portal

Mother volunteers with kids

Volunteering isn’t just for adults! United Way offers several ways to give back with your children this summer.

Struggling to get your kids to step away from the screen and volunteer this summer? It’s as simple as dusting off your own work gloves.

The Corporation for National and Community Service shows that children who grow up in a household where parents volunteer are more likely to volunteer. And logging unpaid hours helps kids stay out of trouble and engaged in their community in productive ways — plus, it’s a great first-resume builder for young adults.

Ready to get started? Through United Way’s volunteer portal, you can find activities that engage everyone in your family—and teach your kids the value of giving back.

Here are three ways to encourage the child in your life to develop a lifelong passion for helping others:  

Beautifying community parks   

Urban Neighborhood Initiatives needs your help to beautify parks and green spaces in local neighborhoods. This volunteer project helps to sustain safe and family-friendly neighborhoods in Southwest Detroit. Activities include clean-up, weeding, landscaping, mowing, weed-whacking, leveling, raking and shoveling. The scope of work is vast, but volunteers can plan on outdoor landscaping work, clean-up and physical labor. 

Click here for more information.  

Spend time with senior citizens 

This summer, your family can help brighten the day of a senior citizen. Canterbury-on-the-Lake offers many ways to engage with residents, and they are all family friendly! Activities include one-on-visits, crafts, reading, games, gift shop help and pet therapy.  

Click here for more information. 

Help supply meals to Detroit children   

Focus Detroit, Crossroads of Michigan and YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit need volunteers to help distribute free meals to Southeastern Michigan children this summer. With a variety of locations and available volunteering times, it’s easy to help children 18 and younger access free meals. Activities include: preparing meals, assembling meals, serving meals (eating with kids), cleaning up, playing with kids and tutoring. 

Click here for more information about Focus Detroit’s opportunities.  

Click here for more information about Crossroads of Michigan’s opportunities.  

Click here for more information about YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit’s opportunities.   

To look through all available volunteer opportunities, visit the United Way portal at: https://liveunitedsem.galaxydigital.com/