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Volunteer Opportunities for Kids

Kids Can Volunteer, Too! Involving kids in volunteering and philanthropic efforts at a young age means they are much more likely to carry on those values as adults, leaving our world a better place for all.

Here’s a list of local volunteer opportunities for families with kids under age 12. 

#HashtagLunchbag

The goal of #HashtagLunchbag is to spread love by bringing bagged lunches to those in need. The organization hosts monthly events where attendees of all ages pack and distribute lunches to individuals struggling with homelessness and food insecurity in the downtown Orlando area. The movement started in Los Angeles about six years ago and has spread worldwide.   

United Against Poverty

United Against Poverty (also known as UP Orlando) was created to inspire and empower people living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to self-sufficiency. Kids can attend the Family Volunteer Night, where they will help stock, clean and organize the shelves of the organization’s grocery store. This event takes place on the second Friday of every month, and pizza is provided. If you can’t make it to the monthly event, you can also sign up to volunteer as a family on an alternate date. 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

There’s always work to be done at Second Harvest Orlando, a Feeding America food bank. Kids ages 10-15 are invited to volunteer with an adult chaperone. Kids ages 5-9 can volunteer on Family Day. Volunteers help with a variety of tasks, which can include anything from bagging sweet potatoes to sorting canned goods or even packing disaster relief boxes for communities in need. 

Salvation Army Orlando

Salvation Army Orlando hosts a wide range of volunteer opportunities, but is well known for the Angel Tree project that takes place during the holiday season. In addition to the Angel Tree project, family-friendly activities include serving food to those in need on Thanksgiving, Dress-a-Bear and the Stuff the Stocking Challenge. 

Ronald McDonald House 

The three Central Florida-based Ronald McDonald Houses offer a variety of volunteer opportunities where kids can participate. The Baking Buddies program invites families or groups to bake sweets or casseroles. Families can also work together to assemble kits that include toiletries or individually wrapped snacks. Another way to help is by rounding up a group to prepare a meal together for the Share-A-Meal program, where your group will shop for ingredients and then prepare a meal for Ronald McDonald House families in their on-site kitchen. 

Foundation for Foster Children

Serving over 2,000 children in foster care in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, the Foundation for Foster Children provides personalized support to individual kids based on what they need to succeed. Families can support this organization by participating in the Make a Birthday Card project. Your family can make gender-neutral birthday cards, and then mail the cards to the organization to be distributed when a child celebrates a birthday. This is a fun and thoughtful project to work on together, and your family can do this from home. 

Feeding Children Everywhere

Feeding Children Everywhere’s mission is to provide healthy meals to those in need. Your family or group can get involved by participating in Hunger Project events, where you will work together with other volunteers to prepare food donations for distribution in domestic or international communities. 

Amanda Keefer
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Amanda Keefer is a Lake Nona mom and the author of the travel blog "Mamma Mia!". She spends her days at Produce for Kids educating families on the importance of a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies.

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November 1, 2019
Festivals


The Annual Orlando Greek Fest is fun for all!! They are inviting the entire community to join them for Greek dancing, the best Greek food in town, delicious drinks and desserts, and an entire play area for children (including bounce houses), church tours and more!!!



The Annual Orlando Greek Fest is fun for all!! They are inviting the entire community to join them for Greek dancing, the best Greek food in town, delicious drinks and desserts, and an entire play area for children (including bounce houses), church tours and more!!!





Part of the proceeds also help The Ephraim Project, a ministry to the homeless. Admission is $3 per person, $1 off with a donation of a canned good. Children under 2 and active military with ID are free. Free shuttle parking and $5 preferred parking available too.





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Rock out with Mr Richard at Infusion Tea!





Join Mr. Richard, Infusion Tea and lots of friends for a rocking' dance party, teat time and brunch that will surely have you smiling.

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Festivals / Free / Recurring Events


Let's get out and enjoy the weather together!





Over 80 local artisans of all genres will display their art while guests shop and stroll through the heart of downtown Baldwin Park.


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Fall is in the air and it's the perfect time of year to head to one of Central Florida's most popular farmers' market!





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November 2, 20198:00 am


The choice is yours:

-Be a Runner (human) and run from the Zombies.

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November 2, 201910:00 am - 6:00 pm
Festivals https://paintedoaksacademy.com/pumpkins-ponies-festival/


Fall Festival: Food, Music, Dancing
Pumpkins for Sale
Train Rides $5 Kids only
Pony Rides $5 Kids 3yrs min
Hay Rides $5 Everyone





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November 2, 201910:00 am
Festivals


One of Central Florida's longest-running, community-driven events 48 years strong!





Fall Fiesta in the Park boasts over 300 artists and crafters, 50 food vendors and trucks and plenty of kids and pet activities and places to ...

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Join Reyes Mezcaleria Mexican Restaurant for their first ever children’s event!





Kids (3-12 years old) will make their own sugar skull masks, decorate cookies, have a chance to hit the pi&...

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Halloween isn't over yet!





Halloween Photo Sessions, trick or treating, costume contests and special guests flying in from Hogwarts!





Halloween isn't over yet!





Halloween Photo Sessions, trick or treating, costume contests and special guests flying in from Hogwarts!









Get Spooky at The Glass Slipper Boutique!


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