Family or Child Volunteering Opportunities for Catholic Charities

We are so thankful that many of our community members value instilling the importance of helping others in their children at an early age, but due to the ever increasing restrictions on child care, safety and VIRTUS, we are unfortunately no longer able to accommodate children volunteering under the ages of 10 in the ways that we may have previously, such as helping sort clothing in the warehouse, or coming on site to help with our Thanksgiving or Christmas basket events.

While we respect the boundaries that have been placed, we also acknowledge how important it is to instill a love of service and volunteering in children from a young age. It teaches important life skills and Gospel values such as caring for others including the less fortunate. It improves the community, gives them greater appreciation for their lifestyle, encourages a lifelong service ethic and connects what they are doing to their faith.

Volunteering also nourishes caring values as children relate to and empathize with others. Individuals who care about others are less likely to be involved in negative behaviors. Volunteer opportunities help children develop skills and interests such as responsibility for task completion, punctuality, reliability, and getting along with others. Volunteering is the perfect way for children to be welcomed as productive, active members of society.

We have compiled a list of volunteer activities children can do from home with their family that still has a direct impact to the clients we serve here at Catholic Charities. Check back often as we will continue to come up with ideas, and please let us know if you have any suggestions!

To receive an email with the most up to date family volunteering opportunities, please click here to complete a family volunteer application. You will receive the list within a week or two.

“There is virtually no limit to what young people can do, no social need they cannot help meet, and giving young people the opportunities to serve enable them to become contributors, problem-solvers, and partners with adults in improving their communities and larger society.” –Benson & Roehlepartain