Volunteering With Kids in the Triad


Our most powerful teaching moments as parents come from what our children see us do and what we do as families. Volunteering with children teaches empathy, gratitude and action orientation and allows busy parents to be involved in their communities while spending time with their children.

But finding a place to volunteer with children can be challenging. Here's a directory of local resources and organizations to help your search for volunteer opportunities with kids.

Family Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Match
National database of volunteer opportunities that allows filtering by location, type of service and age of volunteers (children and teens).

HandsOn Network
Network of local volunteer centers that support nonprofits' volunteer recruitment efforts. Search the database on the national site or through the local sites. All searches allow filtering by age of volunteer.

The Volunteer Center of Greensboro

HandsOn Northwest North Carolina (Winston-Salem)

American Red Cross
Provides care to those in need in local communities and around the world through disaster relief, supporting military families, collecting blood donations, and teaching safety and lifesaving skills. Children can be involved in a various group projects. Local chapters are listed below.

Keep North Carolina Beautiful
An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful (kab.org). Assist communities with active beautification and anti-litter programs. Local chapters organize stream cleanups, recycling awareness days and tree-planting events. Children are encouraged to volunteer for specific events with their families.

March for Babies (to benefit March of Dimes) 723-4386
Fundraising walks are sponsored throughout the Triad to support programs that help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies and support research on problems faced by mothers and babies. Fill in your ZIP code on the website for upcoming events in your area.

Piedmont Diaper Bank
Supply diapers to local health agencies and food pantries so they can distribute them to local families in need. This organization is supported through community donations and diaper drives. They need groups, churches, schools and businesses to sponsor diaper drives. 

Salvation Army 245-2083
Children under 13 most often help by accompanying parents in volunteer activities such manning a red kettle collection site during the holidays or hosting a coat drive for the Give a Kid a Coat program. All volunteer activities for the Salvation Army are organized by local offices. Find your local office on the website above.

Volunteer Opportunities in High Point

High Point Parks & Recreation Department 883-3469
The High Point Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and/or groups wanting to become involved in volunteering.

High Point Adopt-Stream Program 883-3455
Residents volunteer to protect streams from further pollution and locating pollution sources.

High Point Theatre 883-3401
Teens 16 and up can volunteer at the theater to greet patrons, hand out programs, sell concessions and distribute promotional materials in the community.

Volunteer Opportunities in Greensboro

After-school Tutors at Brown Recreation Center 274-3470
Brown Recreation Center is in need of teens and adults interested in tutoring students after school. Students participating in the tutoring program are in grades kindergarten through eighth.

ABC Garden of Guilford Child Development 378-7700
Children from the age of 12 are encouraged to volunteer at the ABC Garden, which provides fresh organic produce to our community GCD Food Pantry.  

Backpack Beginnings 709-9649
Provides children in need with nutritious food, comfort items and other basic necessities through the use of backpacks and other efficient means of distribution. Children of all ages are welcome to accompany volunteers into the office, and various youth groups often volunteer together. See website for specific opportunities.

HorseFriends 420-4588
HorseFriends is a therapeutic riding program. Volunteers ages 13 and up help care for the horses after completing a two-hour training program.

African American Male Initiative Mentor 324-5400

Mentoring Matters-African American Male Initiative. Teens ages 16 and up can provide community and school-based, long-term mentoring for at-risk youth.

Volunteer Opportunities Winston-Salem

1st Serve
A project of First Presbyterian Church that carries out various community-service projects in downtown Winston-Salem. They encourage families and people of all ages to help with projects and provide child care for volunteers.

Brenner Children's Hospital 716-6285
Teens ages 14 and up can volunteer at various events and fundraisers. Must be 18 years old to volunteer at the hospital.

Forsyth County Public Library 703-3041
Library staff can often work with parent volunteers to find appropriate tasks for children.

Children's Home Farm 817-4744
The farm at the Children's Home welcomes children to volunteer with planting, weeding and harvesting, and feeding animals, as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

Prepares and transports nutritious meals to children in neighborhoods with the highest food insecurity on Sundays. Volunteers are needed to make baked goods at home, pack lunches on Saturday afternoons, and follow the food vans to help with Sunday deliveries.

Industries for the Blind 245-5669
Opportunities for kids 12 and older to serve as summer camp chaperones, after-school volunteers, or reading mails or news to IFB employees.

Ronald McDonald House 723-0228
The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for families with children under age 18 receiving treatment in area medical facilities. The house provides an area for families to rest, eat and find support as they cope with their children's medical needs. Volunteers 10 and older can help in various ways. Visit the website above for specific opportunities and age requirements.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC 784-5770
Allows volunteers 12 and older to sort collected food donations. Ages 12-15 must be accompanied with an adult. Children under 12 can help parents with food or donation drives.

Shalom Project 721-0606
Winston-Salem charity that feeds the hungry, offers clothing to those in need, tutors at-risk children and cares for the sick.

YMCA Mistletoe Run
Half-marathon, 5K and Family Fun Run held each December from the William G. White YMCA that raises money to fight childhood obesity.

Jan Wharton is a freelance writer in Winston-Salem.


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