5 Volunteer Opportunities For Tweens & Teens in Boston around the Holidays
Tweens and teens are known to be self-absorbed. It’s a pretty well known standard. Although this is the norm, it certainly doesn’t encompass 100% of the tween and teenager population. However, for the most part, tweens and teens tend to think about their own wants, needs, desires and not so much others.
It’s our responsibilities as parents to open our child’s eyes to the world around them and help them understand that others don’t have the same luxuries as them and perhaps may not even have their daily needs met due to circumstances. As the holidays approach, getting your child involved in volunteer opportunities or other service activities is a GREAT way to help them appreciate all that they have, while also teaching them about those less fortunate and the reasons behind it.
Here’s a few volunteer opportunities around Boston that are perfect for tween and teens around the holiday season:
Community Servings: Located in Jamaica Plain, Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. They invite teens ages 13 and up into their Boston location to help prep food, and package up meals. Doing this around the holidays with your child is a great way to open the conversation around those not as fortunate as them. Learn more.
Christmas in the City: In Boston, Christmas in the City is an amazing organization that supports homeless and poverty Boston-area children and their families through events as well as holiday gifts. They look for teen volunteers 16 years and up to help with events, setup, cleaning, as well as administrative tasks. Get more info here.
Cradles to Crayons: With a Boston location and others nationwide, Cradles to Crayons provides support to local disadvantaged children. In their Boston location, they offer volunteer opportunities to kids as young as 5 to volunteer on-site with adults for things like sorting goods or quality check items. With a behind the scenes look at what children are in need of, it’s a great way to really make an impact and teach your kids that not everyone has their needs met on a daily basis. Learn more.
Project New Home MA: Dedicated to supporting Veterans and military families, Project New Home gives gifts to those military families around Massachusetts that can’t afford gifts during the holiday season. Learn more about how to get involved by dropping off supplies or adopting a family yourselves, where you are responsible for collecting and putting together holiday presents. You and your child could even go around to local businesses and ask for donations to this organization, who passes them along to Veteran and Military families who are need of an extra hand during the holidays. Learn more here.
Thank Local Services: This isn’t specific to any location, but one way for your tweens and teens to give back around the holidays is to thank those service men and women locally, such as firefighters, police officers or mail carriers. You and your child could bake cookies, or grab coffee and donuts and deliver them to the group with a note of thanks. Even writing a letter or verbally expressing your appreciation to them is a great way to spread kindness around the holidays.
There are also a bunch of ways that your children can get involved with charitable organizations at home through collecting donations (food drive, toys or other goods) or doing local community service activities in your town. Check out fellow blogger, the Reluctant Cowgirl for some great holiday-based service activities that she does with her kids. We also want to hear from you! Tell us below in the comments what you and your kids do around the holidays to give back!
WRITTEN BY PHASE2PARENTING
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