Curious Kids: Volunteering
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Did You Know?
What one idea can do! The Red Cross movement started with one man, Henry Dunant, in Switzerland in 1863. Worldwide, the Red Cross has member groups in over 185 countries, and is supported by 12 million volunteers!
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Below are a couple of starting places to look for ways you can make a difference. Check with your school, club, scout group or religious organization for more ideas, or come up with one of your own! (Important: Before beginning any volunteer activity, always get permission from your parent or guardian.)
Volunteer Opportunities for Kids in Dayton
This page from Dayton Parent Magazine lists opportunities for kids through the teen years. Be sure to check for the age range for the ones you’re interested in.
Five Rivers MetroParks Make A Difference Day
The park system offers two community-wide volunteer workdays each year in which youth and families are encouraged to participate. The first is Adopt-A-Park, held the 3rd Saturday in April, and the second is Make A Difference Day, held the 4th Saturday in October. Volunteers may work on earth-friendly projects such as litter removal, tree planting and more. The link goes to a description of the 2018 event, and a registration form for this year. Visit www.metroparks.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Florence Nightingale [DVD]
This is the animated life story of the heroic woman who earned the nickname "angel of the battlefield" for her work among a group of volunteer nurses in wartime.
Schoolhouse Rock! Earth [DVD]
Learn things you can do to help protect the Earth.
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards from Prudential.com
These awards recognize outstanding young volunteers across the country in grades 5 and up. Read about the program, and get ideas for what you can do!
Volunteer Stories from Ranger Rick Magazine
Read about the difference volunteers make for wildlife!