Parenting really does take a village. Have you ever thought about how your unique talents and skills might help other people’s kids? Today I watched a video in which Dell and several other companies chipped in to build a computer room for an organization that helps homeless kids. That inspired me to think about what I might do to help the kids in my own community this summer. I’ve often pondered starting a community garden for kids or something like the farm project I recently wrote about. How can you help the kids in your community this summer?
Organizations that help kids always need donations. Your donation doesn’t have to be monetary. Does your business manufacture something unique that disadvantage kids need? Dell donated modern computer equipment in the video I watched. If you don’t have a business, you can still help. Ask what’s needed. Get together with friends or coworkers to collect needed items such as school supplies, clothing or other essentials. Donate this summer so kids will be ready for school in the fall.
What are your talents? What can you do for other people’s kids that no one else can do? If you work in construction, summer is the season to help remodel local outdoor facilities for kids. Do you know a family in the community that lives in substandard conditions? Do you have a talent that could help them live better lives? Volunteering your time to help kids is a noble sacrifice, no matter the season.
Why not volunteer your services as an instructor this summer? What are you good at? Is it something kids might like to learn during summer vacation? Do you play an instrument, dance or sing professionally? Are you computer savvy? Are you a whiz in the kitchen? Could you teach kids car maintenance? Are you good at budgeting and finances? Whatever you do, chances are kids could benefit from your experience.
Do you own real estate you’re not using? If it’s a building or unit, perhaps you could lease it at a discount to a kid’s organization. If its land, maybe the organization could use it for summer day camps or that community garden I was talking about. Got more than one home? Could your vacant property house a family in need? Why let it sit empty when you could use it to help kids get a new lease on life?
How about giving kids the gift of joy this summer? Volunteering and donating doesn’t have to be about necessities. Kids learn and grow through play and other fun experiences. Why not donate some toys, games or other things disadvantaged kids might not otherwise have? If you can afford it, you could rent a bounce house for the day, donate video games or throw a party for a kids organization. Using your unique talent to help the kids in your community can be fun. Why not give it a try?
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