How to Volunteer with Kids in Collin County

During this time of year, we try to focus on the things in life we are thankful for and give back to others. Our family truly believes serving others should be done year-round, so ever since my oldest was two, we began participating in community and service events. Rather than simply creating a list you can check out, I wanted to include the “why”, “what,” and “how” for each place. I believe it’s important to serve in an area that touches your heart.

My Top 4 Places to Serve Collin County with Kids

1) The Storehouse of Collin County

Why: The mission of The Storehouse of Collin County is to feed, clothe, and care for as neighbors in one community.

What: The minimum age for volunteering at The Storehouse is 14 years out of safety concerns due to the physical nature of the volunteer shifts. Volunteers who are minors (age 17 and under) will need to have a parental waiver signed prior to the start of their first volunteer shift. Most of our parent-child volunteer teams enjoy serving together during our food or clothing distributions and also helping with prep by making food bags and organizing clothing items.

How: Moms and kids can sign up to volunteer via The Storehouse’s online volunteer portal. Once each individual has created their own accounts, they can sign up for available volunteer sessions throughout the week such as food prep sessions, distribution sessions, and clothing sorting sessions.

Kids Serving Nursing Homes2) Nursing Homes

Why: Most of the individuals in nursing homes may not see family often or rarely get a visitor. They typically love to see children.

What: Make a playdate for your kiddo and their friends to make homemade Christmas or Valentine’s cards for the elderly. The kids will not only love getting together but love the expressions on the sweet faces who receive those hand-crafted cards.

Serving Nursing Homes

How: Call a nearby nursing home and ask to come by for dinner or lunch to drop off cards with your children. We’ve been doing this for years and have never been turned down, obviously excluding the pandemic.

3) The Samaritan Inn

Why: The Samaritan Inn is known to be a “comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence.”

What: There are multiple ways to help. That’s one of the great things about volunteering with the Samaritan Inn. They have “Work Days’, “Gateway Apartment” days, help with sack lunches, supply items from their needs list, and so much more.

How: Check out their website for a complete idea of how to volunteer.

4) Wee Volunteer

Why: Wee Volunteer was founded to provide volunteer opportunities for preschool and elementary school-aged children with local Dallas area charitable organizations. (I know, I know…I went a little outside of Collin County; however, they provide many opportunities to volunteer within Collin County, too!).

What: They post projects monthly and you can sign up for a number of various options. They have ways to serve, from food for the elderly to playing with puppies!

How: Sign up for their newsletter to begin receiving information on how you can personally volunteer.

No matter what you chose, I encourage you to jump in there and just start serving! Showing your kids to care for others outside of themselves is such an important character trait to develop as they battle all the “look at me” media in this world.

For additional resources, check out 10 ways to volunteer with your kids & 5 Simple Ways to Get Involved in your Community.

 

When asking where Jennifer is from, she finds just saying "Texas" is easier! Jennifer has lived in cities from Houston to Kerrville but has resided in Collin County since 2007. She lives everyday with all things that sparkle, being a girl Mom of Zoey (born 2010) and Lexi (born 2014). Married to her hot firefighter husband, Daniel since 2007, they love their small town of Celina and their hairy German Shepherd mix, Duke. Jennifer is a Certified Life Coach with an MBA who founded Cheering On Moms where she utilizes her background to encourage Moms to pursue their dreams. Living what she preaches, she has braved stepping out herself and won Mrs. North Texas in 2019 and Mrs. Diamond Universe in 2021. When Jennifer is not Momming or Coaching, you can find her on a local film or tv set. Her and her daughters are represented by a Dallas area talent agent and they love when they get to film together. To find out more, connect with her at CheeringonMoms.com

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