Volunteer Opportunities: Homeless & Housing

Below, I have listed links to different organizations that allow children to volunteer. Most places that take adults will also take teens, but many times they won't take younger volunteers. I have tried to find as many places as I can that let children help out in some way or another. I hope you find my links helpful. And if you know of a place not listed here yet, please let me know by going to my Submit A New Site page.

Christmas Shoebox Project

I learned this activity from my Camp Fire Leader but anyone can do it. We create shoeboxes full of practical gifts for local children living in shelters. Usually, the boxes include a little stuffed animal, books, pencils, notebooks, erasers, other school supplies, candy,toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, little toys such as bouncy balls, yoyos, plastic rings, parachute figures, etc. Then we would donate the boxes to homeless shelters and other places.

I love making those boxes, it really makes me feel good knowing a child in need will be getting something fun and useful for Christmas.

Christmas Shoebox Project | Camp Fire USA

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Food Bank

Feeding AmericaFeeding America's mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger

The Oregon Food Bank believes no one should be hungry. With sufficient public will and the support of the entire community, they believe it is possible to eliminate hunger and its root causes.

Since 1982, Oregon Food Bank has been leading the fight against hunger in Oregon and southwest Washington by collecting and distributing food through a network of four OFB branches and 16 independent regional food banks. The OFB Network helps nearly 1 in 5 households fend off hunger. OFB also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through advocacy, nutrition education, garden education and by helping communities strengthen local food systems.

I did this service with my dad. We packed up foods into boxes... I also met other kids my age that were there. It was so much fun! The Oregon Food Bank website even has photos of kids volunteering.

Age requirements: Some opportunities at the Oregon Food Bank only require that you be 6 years old, but you do need to have your parents with you. Others require that you be at least 12 or 16.

Oregon Food Bank | Find YOUR Local Foodbank at Feeding America
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