4 Summer Volunteer Opportunities for Kids

Get the kids involved in volunteering this summer at one of these local organizations

Students Speak Up for Kids 

The Students program by Speak Up for Kids—a child advocacy organization dedicated to breaking cycles of abuse, violence, and crime—provides project-based, peer-to-peer volunteer opportunities to serve the 1,400-plus children in Palm Beach County’s foster care system. Past projects have included donation drives, assembling coloring book kits, flyer distribution, and creating birthday cards

Luna. Photo courtesy Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic, and Ranch
Luna. Photo courtesy Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic, and Ranch

Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic, and Ranch

Volunteering at Furry Friends’ Jupiter facility (minimum age is 16) is a great option for high schoolers, since the Palm Beach County School District requires at least 20 community service hours for graduation. However, younger helpers can distribute materials to local shops, host a pet food drive, fundraise, foster, and make animal enrichment toys at home using tools supplied by Furry Friends. On July 4, join a public sit-in to comfort firework-frightened dogs and cats. 

Feeding South Florida. Photo by Patty Nash Photography
Feeding South Florida. Photo by Patty Nash Photography

Feeding South Florida

On Saturdays, students as young as 12 (when accompanied by an adult) can volunteer to inspect, sort, and repack donated food in preparation for community distribution by Feeding South Florida. Or join a monthly Family Philanthropy Day—when the age minimum lowers to 6—for a hands-on chance to help your community. 

Photo courtesy Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
Photo courtesy Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

The Dorothy & Sidney Kohl Jewish Volunteer Center invites all ages to pitch in. Kids can pack and deliver holiday meals to homebound seniors and Holocaust survivors, conduct beach cleanups, assist at animal shelters, visit seniors, collect diapers, and craft cards for seniors, the homeless, and military service members. On July 12 and 27, little volunteers can team up with the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County to fill backpacks with school supplies and assemble teacher classroom kits. 

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