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25 Ways to Volunteer with Young Children for #GivingTuesday

25 Ways to Volunteer with Young Children for #GivingTuesday

Have you heard about #GivingTuesday? The idea is that we take a day after the frenzy of Black Friday (in which I do not participate) and Cyber Monday (in which I do because I can save money in my pajamas) to share our blessings with others. I know a lot of people with very charitable hearts. Once they have kids, they want to model giving. However, they do not know how to volunteer and bring their … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal

Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

Our Thanksgiving Morning: Feeding People Who Are Homeless

I just wanted to share a little with you about our Thanksgiving morning. It has become our annual tradition to join Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing food for people who are homeless. My daughter was very excited because this was her first year to actually help prepare the meal. Pin It This year they prepared almost 300 meals to distribute to emergency housing and bring to places in our community where people who are homeless set up … Read entire article »

Filed under: Volunteering

The Colors of the Wind (Windsock Craft and Charity Book Drive)

The Colors of the Wind (Windsock Craft and Charity Book Drive)

Pin It This weekend, we finished up our Book Drive for Reach Out and Read.  I’m waiting on the final count but feel confident there were well over 700 books collected, possibly quite a bit more, over triple the number I was able to collect last year. We owe our success to the support of Lovin’ Logistics and Joel DeGregorio, owner of the Mt. Sinai The UPS Store franchise. He provided not only a public drop-off for … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), Featured, Spring, Weather

Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

Reach Out and Read at The UPS Store

Pin It At the foundation of academic success, lifelong learning, modern communication, and participation in democracy…is literacy. Reading is a key that opens up entire treasure trove of new experiences, knowledge, and power. Which is why I am always excited to support and promote proven literacy projects, like Reach Out and Read.  Last year a few moms and I ran a book drive for our local program.  I am thrilled to partner with my local The UPS Store … Read entire article »

Filed under: Giveaways, Literacy, Volunteering

3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

3 Picture Books That Inspire Children to Give

‘Tis the season for thinking of others and I hope that volunteering and charitable giving become a year-round habit for my children. I’ve posted 9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children About Giving and Volunteering and shared some of the Holiday volunteering I do with my young children. Children usually learn best by doing. Reading age-appropriate stories is a great way to inspire and reflect on your activities. So, here are four picture books that inspire … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergartners), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Volunteering

Holiday Volunteering with Young Children

Holiday Volunteering with Young Children

We try to do several volunteer service activities throughout the year. Volunteering was a big part of my life before children. Because my young children are usually with me, I’ve had to change things up a little bit. Pin It Feeding People Who Are Homeless In November, we joined Volunteer 4 Long Island in preparing meals for people who are homeless and under-housed. The adults prepare the food and distribute it at spots throughout the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Interpersonal, Volunteering

9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children about Giving and Volunteering

9 Expert Tips for Teaching Children about Giving and Volunteering

As we approach the Holiday Season in the United States, we give thanks for all of our blessings.  My thoughts also turn to those who do not have as much as we do–both in the way of material goods but also in terms of opportunity, companionship, and hope. As parents, we have the important job of teaching children the importance of caring for their fellow human beings–and that even the smallest person can make a big … Read entire article »

Filed under: All Ages, Featured, Interpersonal, Volunteering