Volunteering is a great way to contribute to your community, and it’s also a meaningful way to teach children some valuable life lessons. Even if they are too young to volunteer themselves, seeing that you give your time or resources to support causes and organizations that you believe in is a great way to build thankful kids, who are willing and ready to help others. Here are some ideas so help get your kids involved in helping others from a young age right here in the Willamette Valley…
- Albany Meals on Wheels: This organization serves Benton, Linn and Lincoln counties by delivering mid-day meals to elderly and disabled people in our community. They have many volunteering opportunities for families or all ages. Visit http://www.ocwcog.org/seniors-disability/food-nutrition/meals/ to learn more.
- Parks and Recreation: Your family can adopt a park! Contact your local Parks and Recreation to inquire. Corvallis Parks and Recreation has year-round opportunities for anyone to volunteer no matter your interest, schedule, or ability. There are opportunities for all ages, and they are happy to teach you new skills!
- Linn Benton Food Share: Families can donate, do food drives, mailing, yard maintenance, special events, repackaging projects. Visit http://www.communityservices.us/nutrition/detail/category/help-food-share/ Linn Benton for more information.
- Community Outreach Inc.: This local organization can always use volunteers for various projects: http://www.communityoutreachinc.org/
- Union Gospel Mission in Salem: Union Gospel Mission has local volunteering options for family members 12 years and older. Opportunities include meal serving, production, cleaning, raking leaves, etc.
- Fish of Albany: Fish of Albany is an organization funded by local churches, the United Way, and private donations and grants. Over the years they have provided clothing, transportation, medicine, food and shelter to many in need. Volunteer opportunities for families include: sorting and distributing items, delivering newsletters, doing yard work, helping with fundraisers, and much more! Find out more through their website: http://www.fishofalbany.com
- Stone Soup: Located in Corvallis, Stone Soup is non-profit soup kitchen offering volunteering opportunities for family members 14 years and older. They serve approximately 42,000 meals per year to homeless and low-income people.
- Safe Haven: Spend time with animals! Safe Haven has volunteer opportunities for kids of all ages in Albany! Their volunteer programs include reading to the animals or socializing cats and dogs for children under 16, and they provide training and add even more responsibility for those over 16. Check out all of the opportunities on their website. http://www.safehavenhumane.org
By Wendy Sinclair and Hannah Darling