There’s no doubt that volunteering is, in theory, a wonderful activity and learning experience for children. In practice, though, it can be tricky is to find the right volunteering opportunity for younger children. The cause must be something that compels them: people or animals with whom they can empathize, or a place they particularly love. Also, the endeavor must be suitable for their age, commensurate with their abilities, at once challenging and enjoyable.
In any locality there are bound to be lots of possibilities, and the best way to choose among them is to let your child’s interests lead the way. Most of the kids we know, wherever they may live, tend to be interested in the same sorts of causes. Generally, these are things kids can see with their own eyes and appreciate in daily life. Some popular causes among the younger crowd include:
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