You know the benefits of volunteering. You want to get your kids involved. But it's just tough to fit into your busy schedule.
So we've put together a list of 8 realistic projects you can take on as a family, no matter how many sports & dance practices you're schlepping to this month.
We're proud to be partnering with Milwaukee Jewish Day School, whose core values are Wonder, Empathy, & Tikkun Olam (Hebrew for repairing the world). MJDS students live out these values every day through community engagement and interactive experiences.
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1. SUNBEAM KIDS | TODDLERS ON A MISSION
This year already, they've made crafts and played bingo with the elderly, collected mittens and hats for the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, helped clean up Grant Park beach, made care packages for foster children, brought Wauwatosa firefighters potted flowers, created sun catchers for patients and Children's Hospital, and so much more.
2. KEEP PARKS BEAUTIFUL WITH THE URBAN ECOLOGY CENTER
Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00, help keep the parks clean, safe and accessible. Dress for the weather and join other volunteers as we walk through the park picking up trash and noting any maintenance needs.
3. WRITE A LETTER TO OUR TROOPS.
Operation Gratitude includes five letters with every care package they send, so they need hundreds of thousands of letters a year. According to their website, the letters are often the most cherished items in the care packages.
You can decide if your letter goes to a new recruit, troops overseas, or veterans. Sticker use is encouraged for younger kids.
You may even get a letter back!
4. MAKE SANDWICHES FOR THE GUEST HOUSE OF MILWAUKEE.
The Guest House of Milwaukee provides shelter, housing, education and resources to Milwaukee's homeless community.
They hand out around 100 sandwiches a day. Help keep their refrigerator stocked by providing any amount of sandwiches. Just meat and cheese in a ziplock bag please. Contact them to schedule a sandwich delivery.
5. DO YARD WORK FOR THE DISABLED & ELDERLY.
Let Eras Senior Network connect you with elderly people and adults with disabilities who need help to get their homes and yards ready for the season ahead. You can help wash windows, rake leaves, shovel and perform other yard duties. Volunteers can arrange a date and time directly with the client; based on mutual availability.
6. DONATE A TOY TO CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL.
Your gift can make a big difference to the kids at Children's Hospital. Donated toys and other items help comfort kids and ease their fear and anxiety. Imagine when a child wakes up after surgery with a new stuffed animal by their side, or treatment milestones and birthdays spent in the hospital are made special with kid-friendly surprises.
7. VISIT THE ELDERLY.
Be a one-hour visitor at the Milwaukee Catholic Home, or bring your pet to brighten up the day of a resident at the Sarah Chudnow Community. Just contact a nursing home near you to find even more convenient opportunities to brighten up the day of an older person.
8. GET ACTIVE FOR A GOOD CAUSE.
There are many kid-friendly walks, runs and bike rides that benefit local charitable organizations. Check out our list of them here.
Want more ideas? Check out the Volunteer Milwaukee for hundreds of opportunities to serve the community with your family.