Every year as we head into the holidays, readers ask about ways to volunteer with their children in New York City. Surprisingly, finding ways to give back with kids isn't always as easy as you'd think. Many charitable organizations have age minimums for their projects, and family-friendly volunteering opportunities often book up weeks in advance. (Which, of course, is a good sign—better to have too many people interested in volunteering than not enough.)
With Thanksgiving approaching, we wanted to highlight some great ways NYC kids and their parents can give back to those in need. We're including opportunities for children of all ages so everyone can participate. While kids might not be able to work in a soup kitchen, they can help the homeless, hungry, and elderly in other meaningful ways.
By the way, many of these volunteering slots are open all year round (it's not only the holidays that find families in need). So if one of your favorite volunteering options isn't available on Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or Chanukah, or Kwanzaa, consider signing up on a random weekend or two during the year.
Read on for a list of family-friendly ways to put the "giving" in your Thanksgiving, and beyond.