Believe it or not the dog days of summer are over, and in a few weeks fall officially begins! And that means that kids across the U.S. and Canada are headed back to school.
Volunteers enrich school programs and strengthen relationships with local communities. There are any number of volunteer projects you can coordinate or get involved with to help local schools and students during this transitional time – and throughout the school year! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- Collect and distribute school supplies for kids headed back to school
- Conduct a “back to school” clothing drive for underprivileged students
- Coordinate school drug awareness and prevention campaigns
- Partner with local schools to organize art or safety poster contests
- Put on an information fair on how kids can be safe at home
- Get some friends together to judge a science fair or volunteer as tutors or mentors
- Serve as a judge or time keeper for school debates
- Make new kid “survival kits” for new students at your local schools
- Organize a Safe Walk Service to escort young children to and from schools or volunteer to serve as a crossing guard before and after school
- Inspect school playgrounds for hazards and repairs that need to be made
- Spend a weekend painting playground equipment
- Assist an after-school little league or other sports program for younger children
Now more than ever schools and students need a helping hand from members of their communities. Contact your local schools today to find out how you can show your school spirit! It will impact the lives of students where you live -and enhance your own in the process!
Looking for other volunteer service ideas? Maybe we can help. Contact UCT today!