Volunteer Opportunities with Kids

Volunteer Opportunities with Kids

  • Susan Solliday
  • 11/2/23

'Tis the time for giving, and what better way to spread the spirit than by volunteering with the whole family? Instill in the kids the joy of making a difference and giving back to our community. Explore our list of family-friendly volunteering opportunities to make helping out enjoyable and meaningful for everyone!


Adopt-A-Family for Christmas

St. Vincent de Paul
Our Christmas Program enables individuals and families to "adopt" families in the Phoenix vicinity by offering Christmas presents and meals. Extend a helping hand and share the happiness during this festive season!


Assemble Pantry Packs

Valley of the Sun United Way
Families can assist in putting together weekend hunger backpacks with seven meals and snacks for children who depend on schools for most of their weekday meals. Participation is open to children aged 5 and above, with adult supervision necessary.


Be A Bell Ringer

The Salvation Army Phoenix Metro
Do you have a couple of hours to spare? Register to be a Bell Ringer! Your children will thoroughly enjoy it! Numerous locations are accessible throughout Scottsdale/Phoenix. Attend to a kettle, ring the familiar bell, and extend holiday cheer to shoppers!


Be A Singleton Santa

The Singletons
Enroll to support a local family dealing with cancer through the Singleton Santa program. Once paired with a family in need, your own family can select and wrap gifts from their wish list. This is your opportunity to create a truly enchanting holiday for them.


Christmas Toy Drive

Harvest Compassion Center Phoenix/Mitchell Swaback Charities Inc.
During the holiday season, we celebrate with friends, family, and generosity. Kindly assist us in bringing more brightness to the local children's holiday by donating any NEW toy.


Clean and Feed Bunnies

Tranquility Trail Animal Sanctuary
Tasks include tending to litter boxes, replenishing water bowls, tidying and sweeping the floor in the bunny's space, furnishing a clean blanket and bed for the floor, and ensuring they have a fresh supply of hay.


Collect Food Donations

Oasis Food Pantry
The OCC Pantry welcomes non-expired, non-perishable food donations at all times. You can access a list of required items on their website and deliver them to OCC during regular business hours.


Collect Halloween Costumes

Maggie’s Place
Do you have unused Halloween costumes you'd like to part with? Kindly think about donating your costume(s) to the children at Maggie’s Place. We're gathering costumes in sizes from newborn to 12 years old. Please deliver them to Maggie’s Place.


Community Service Days

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy
Participating in Community Days of Service projects at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve benefits the environment! Your assistance is crucial in ensuring this unique place endures for future generations. We'll supply all the necessary tools for the project.


Consign For A Cause

My Sister’s Closet
Specify your preferred charity when you deliver your items! My Sisters' Charities has proudly raised $301,000 for nonprofit organizations.


Deliver A Meal

Meals on Wheels America
Offer to bring Meals on Wheels to those who are home-bound. My family and I engaged in this activity last Thanksgiving, and it turned out to be an enjoyable and fulfilling way to spend the holiday.


Distribute Turkeys!

Valley of the Sun United Way
Provide aid to families at the Desert Mission in distributing turkeys to local households. Offer assistance to clients as they navigate the market, helping them select their Thanksgiving dinner, or aiding them in unloading groceries to their vehicle.


Donate Essential Needs

Voices for CASA Children
The Essential Needs Program offers CASAs gift cards to purchase essential items required by their CASA Children – ranging from shoes to winter coats. These are provided in seasonal campaigns on a quarterly basis to the CASAs.


Donate Supplies for the Reptiles!

Phoenix Herpetological Society

PHS consistently require the following items: 32 Gallon Husky Brute Trash Cans, Lids for 32 Gallon Husky Brute Trash Cans, Contractor Garbage Bags, Canned Cat food (both shreds and Patee), Rakes, Garden Hoses, Chicken Feed, Brooms, Paper Towels, Bleach, Scrubby Brushes, Pool Skimmers, Gift cards to stores we regularly visit like OfficeMax, Walmart, Target, Home Depot, or Lowes, Alfalfa Hay, Timothy Hay, and much more! Please contact 602-501-2930 to arrange a drop-off time!


Hearts and Hands Days

St. Vincent de Paul
Hearts and Hands is a lively, family-friendly volunteer event offering a range of opportunities suitable for all ages! Children engage in activities like filling hygiene bottles with soap and shampoo, embellishing dining rooms, crafting thank-you cards for our volunteers, and crafting table centerpieces, which are often cherished keepsakes for our guests. It serves as an excellent introduction for kids to the spirit of service and giving back.


Help Our Four-Legged Friends

Animals and Humans In Disaster
Every volunteer dedicates approximately 2-3 hours, organizing cat litter, canned goods, dry supplies, and more. They ensure the delivery boxes are prepared and set to go when the delivery volunteers arrive on Saturday mornings.


Help Fill Santa's Sleigh!

Arizona Helping Hands 
Go shopping as a family, and afterwards, visit the newly established location of Arizona Helping Hands. Pick out toys, games, books, puzzles, and more to bring holiday cheer to children in foster care.


Holiday Toy Drive

Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Every year, we welcome unwrapped new toys from toy drives organized by companies, community groups, and individual donors. Each child admitted to the hospital during the December holidays will be gifted a toy.


Host an Art Supply Drive

Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Organize an Art Supply Drive to gather contributions for Free Arts. Free Arts harnesses the therapeutic potential of the arts to assist abused and homeless children in developing resilience, trust, and healing.


Jr Volunteer Days

Arizona Animal Welfare League
AAWL's Education Department is pleased to present Junior Volunteer Days. Guided by a professional humane educator, these days provide children aged 8-17 with the opportunity to engage in the shelter's daily volunteer tasks in a structured and secure setting.


Kids For Wish Kids

Make-A-Wish Arizona
Students from our community are uniting to raise funds for future wishes. The Kids For Wish Kids program offers a chance for local children and teenagers to play a part in making dreams a reality for children right in their own community. This program brings benefits to the children who receive the gift of a wish, as well as to the teenagers who learn and grow through their involvement in community service.



Pack A Meal

Feed My Starving Children
Discover available volunteer slots for you, your friends, family, business, school, church, and more! Contribute to transforming hunger into hope with your own hands by packing nourishing meals for underprivileged children worldwide.


Pack A Shoebox Of Items For A Child In Need

Operation Christmas Child
This presents a wonderful opportunity for kids to get involved. You shop for a gift and gather basic school supplies or hygiene items to fill a shoebox for a child in need. There are designated drop-off locations throughout Scottsdale/Phoenix.


Pledge Your Birthday

Swift Youth Foundation
When you pledge your birthday, you request friends and family to donate to Swift instead of giving you gifts. Your pledge will have a positive, enduring impact on the lives of children for years to come.


Read To A Dog At Reading Fur Fun

Arizona Humane Society
Is your child an avid animal lover but not quite old enough to volunteer? Reading Fur Fun is a special reading program that offers children the chance to enhance their reading skills while enriching the lives of shelter dogs!


Read To Children At UMOM New Day Center

UMOM New Day Centers
Would you like to help a child cultivate a lifelong love for reading? It’s a powerful gift. Volunteer readers engage with children aged 4 to 12 years old. Read to Me offers a wonderful opportunity for families (children aged 8 or older are welcome to be readers).


Shop & Donate A New Toy

Toys For Tots Phoenix/Maricopa County
Drop off a brand-new, unwrapped toy at the Disney store, and Disney will contribute $5 to Toys for Tots, with a cap of $1 million! The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects and distributes toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate local children.


Sponsor An Animal

Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center
By sponsoring a sanctuary animal, you are aiding SWCC in providing the necessary food and care for that animal to live out the remainder of its life with us. This year, we're offering the option to sponsor a nursery baby!


Support An Education Program At GiGi's Playhouse

GiGi’s Playhouse
GiGi’s Playhouse offers complimentary programs for individuals with Down Syndrome. Volunteer to assist with program hosting and interact with the kids! Have a group interested in volunteering together? The more, the merrier!

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