Volunteering with Kids – Small Change, Big Difference
The Small Change – Big Difference campaign features a simple way to give back: a piggy bank. For $35 online (or $30 at special events), you can purchase a piggy bank to take home, fill up and start a new family giving tradition. Your small change can make a big difference for kids in Kansas City.I love this idea of having a special piggy bank that my kids can fill up as their earn their own money to give to Children’s Mercy. When you start filling up your own piggy bank for CM you can have the kids take their change in person to Deanna Rose Farmstead on these dates, I can imagine that having the kids actually take their donating in person will be an impactful experience.
Saturday, July 30: Chicken Run
Saturday, August 13: Safety Day
- Spark a conversation. It is never too early to talk about giving back. Spark a conversation about helping others when you are in the car, at dinner or during the bedtime routine.
- Avoid money-only talk. For kids to truly understand the impact of their donation, avoid only talking only about money. Expand your charitable donations to giving their favorite toys or spending time at a local food pantry. These experiences are real and personal.
- Start a budget. You can help them divide their piggy bank treasure into three categories: something for them, something for others, and something to save for the future. This allows them to have a little fun while learning about the power of giving back.
- Make it simple. Integrate a family give-back strategy into your everyday lives. Interested in sports? Volunteer as a coach. Too much clutter? Play a game of collecting old books for kids in need. Tired of birthday party excess? Ask party goers to donate to a favorite charity in lieu of gifts.