Just because they’re small, doesn’t mean they can’t make a huge difference. From helping out with animal therapy to keeping our garden city clean, there are boundless opportunities for young kids to give back to the community. Teach your young ones the value of generosity and care by bringing them along on these five volunteer projects!
Therapy Dogs Singapore
If your kid is a dog person, we’ve got just the place for them. At Therapy Dogs Singapore, your child will not only be able to help the less fortunate, they’ll be able to do so with the family dog by their side! Sign them up to be part of the Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) programme for the less fortunate, which includes visits to adopted homes, nursing homes, health institutions and special needs schools. This lets them experience the joy of making others happy and what’s more, develops their empathy.
Find out more about Therapy Dogs Singapore here.
At Lions Befrienders, child volunteers are taught interesting ways to engage seniors in fun activities to pass time and put a smile on their faces. What better way to keep the elderly mentally and physically alert than having a bubbly young buddy? Your little helper will visit those in danger of becoming isolated from society and help the elderly maintain the social connections that are ever so important in old age. In addition, this might also end up being a good chance to build up your kid’s social skills!
Find out more about Lions Befrienders here.
Foodbank Juniors Club
Start cultivating the good habit of not wasting food in your kid by signing them up for Foodbank’s junior club – open to all between the ages of five to 12 years old. At the club, juniors can help out at the warehouse to redistributed unwanted food to welfare organisations and learn more about the hunger and food wastage issues in Singapore. Urging volunteers to get creative and innovative with new solutions for saving resources, this lets your child think out of the box and develop a strong sense of responsibility for mother earth.
Find out more about Foodbank here.
For kids who are slightly more active, channel their energy into something positive like Toddycats’ events! Aiming to put an end to damaging the environment, Toddycats are constantly churning out thrilling activities to get young people to excited about helping keep the environment clean, as well as raise awareness about the importance of preserving nature. For the upcoming months, you can sign your kid up for such exciting events including the Love our MacRitchie Forest Public Walks and the Ridge Walk – Briskwalks on Southern Ridges.
Find out more about Toddycats here.
Willing Hearts Soup Kitchen
This incredibly family-friendly project focuses on creating tasty meals and distributing them islandwide to the less fortunate including low-income families, those suffering from poverty and migrant workers. Teach your little ones how even the smallest of kind deeds such as like chopping vegetables or packaging food, can end up benefiting so many others in need.
Find out more about Willing Hearts here.