There are plenty of charitable organizations in the Baltimore/Annapolis area that could use your family’s help. Why not spend the day volunteering together?
There is no better way to teach your kids how to give back to their communities than by volunteering. Pick a local cause that interests the whole family and contact them to see how your family can be of service. It can be a fun way to spend time as a family, and give back to the community.
Here are just a few organizations in the greater Annapolis area that may be able to use your help:
Annapolis Light House Shelter: Provides shelter and services to prevent homelessness. 410-349-5056, annapolislighthouse.org
Sarah’s House – Fort Meade: Provides safe shelter, daily meals, personal, as well as professional casework support for those in need. 410-551-7722, catholiccharities-md.org/sarahs-house
Arundel House of Hope – Glen Burnie: Provides houseing and supportive assistance to the homeless. 410-863-4888, arundelhoh.org
Check before you go to find out if there is a minimum age for volunteers.
For more volunteer opportunities visit the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County website. A calendar of volunteer events is on the site along with a Youth Volunteer Guide for 2014 that lists many opportunities.
Simply spending a day searching your house for items to donate to Goodwill, or choosing a charity to begin fundraising for are simple ways to spend quality time together as a family, while teaching your kids the importance of helping others.