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Midlands Family Summer Activities

Summer is around the corner and approaching quickly! Most likely, you have already been planning your summer and have a schedule filled with activities. Summer is the perfect time to teach your family about giving and to enjoy time with each other while helping others. There are so many opportunities for Midlands Families to enjoy their break by helping our community. Here are just a few that we have come across this week:

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Summer is around the corner and approaching quickly! Most likely, you have already been planning your summer and have a schedule filled with activities. Summer is the perfect time to teach your family about giving and to enjoy time with each other while helping others.  There are so many opportunities for Midlands Families to enjoy their break by helping our community. Here is just a few that we have come across this week:

1) St. Lawrence Place: Each summer for 10 weeks, SLP provides a nutritious lunch to over 30 children in their full day summer camp. This effort is made possible by volunteers of all ages! Families can volunteer to make lunch one day or more. SLP helps with suggested menus and logistics and provides flexible options for preparing the food. You can find out more about this great opportunity on their website here.

2) Riverbanks Zoo Toucan Tuesdays: The zoo is always a popular spot for families over the summer and can be even more fun when you are helping others! Every Tuesday this summer, beginning June 3, guests can enjoy buy-one, get-one admission to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden with the donation of two cans of food to Harvest Hope Food Bank. Summer time can be a particularly challenging time for some families, as children do not have access to the free or reduced price lunch program. Harvest Hope Food Bank reminds us “There is no vacation from hunger,” and has a great need during this time period. Toucan Tuesdays are the perfect way to spend time with your family at one of the Midland favorite attractions while helping other Midlands families at the same time!

3) Palmetto Lifeline Fur Friends or Paw Palls Camp: Do your children love animals? Perhaps you have a future veterinarian or a child with a soft spot for animals? Consider sending them to Fur Friends (ages 5-20) or Paw Pals (ages 11-15) Camp at Palmetto Lifeline. During camp, they’ll learn about basic dog obedience, pet care and responsible ownership in addition to issues impacting the welfare of animals.  Family members 16 and over can also volunteer in a wide variety of needed areas.

4) Senior Resources: Senior Resources coordinates services, resources and personal choices to promote healthy, independent living, including providing hot meals to hundreds of home-bound senior adults in the Midlands. You and your family can help by delivering hot, nutritious meals! This is a great way to teach children about cooking, help feed an elderly neighbor and most likely make some new friends along the way!  Click here for more information.

5) Donate Blood to American Red Cross: American Red Cross has a great need for blood donations over the summer as traffic accidents increase. Although you must be at least 17 years old to donate blood, it can also be a great way to share with your children why you give and talk with them about safety.  If you have a child who is a pre-teen or teenager, consider having them take a class to be certified in a safety area or learn more about how they can help others.

Volunteering with your family is a great way to beat summer boredom and create a learning opportunity for your family. Our suggestions are only the tip on the iceberg of a plethora of ways your family can help this summer. Discover what your family is passionate about and volunteer with an organization that addresses the need. Help your children explore what they care about and share with them you favorite ways to help others.

What will you be doing this summer? Do you have other suggestions for volunteer opportunities for children and families this summer? Or other great ideas? Let us know so we can spread help spread the word to all Midlands’ families this summer!