Kids of all ages can make a difference in the community – locally and around the world.  Performing service and volunteer projects for kids strengthens a family and teaches empathy.  Luckily for us, there are some great volunteer opportunities for kids in Atlanta.

Here are a ton of service project ideas for kids that can jump start a new tradition in your family.  I encourage you to continue service after the holiday, too.

February and March are slower times for many places that depend on volunteers.  Consider adding a regular volunteer opportunity to your New Year Resolution list, too.


Nicholas House – This awesome organization assists homeless families and helps them get back on their feet. For almost 30 years volunteers have cooked and served dinner to the families of Nicholas House.

Your family can sign up to be part of the process…cook from scratch or order pizza. There are after-school programs that need teachers and volunteers to watch the kiddos.  And if you don’t have the time, then consider a donation of supplies…toothbrushes, sheets, socks, etc.

El Refugio – This is a hospitality house outside Stewart Detention Center. Its purpose is to serve the family and friends of men under immigration detention and, thus, separated from their loved ones.

There are a number of ways to assist these families, including visitations, clothing, and food. Our family regularly makes meals for El Refugio, so this is organization is close to our heart.  Volunteer information can be found HERE.

Project Linus – Do you know how to crochet or knit? Time to teach the kids! I learned to crochet from my Grandma, but I learned to knit from YouTube videos online.  Create a blanket together for an ill or traumatized child. In the Atlanta area, a blanket drop-off location is located at JOANN Fabric and Craft, 501 Roberts Ct., Kennesaw, GA.  Don’t know what to make? Patterns are available online.

Meals by Grace – This Cumming-based organization makes meals for families in need with limited transportation.  Volunteers are needed for meal prep, delivery, and clean up. All “in kitchen” jobs must be performed by children 13 yrs and up, but on the first Saturday of each month they have a special “Kids in the Kitchen” program for younger kiddos.

Trees Atlanta – It’s tree planting time! Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon, there are volunteer opportunities in multiple metro Atlanta area neighborhoods. Volunteers of any age are welcome, but kids under 16 need an adult with them who must sign a liability waiver.

Too busy on Saturdays? No worries. They have weekday needs too!

Hands On Atlanta – HOA recently added volunteer programs for kids 5-12. Opportunities include service on the Atlanta Beltline and Urban Sprouts Farms community garden. Plug in the age of your kiddo and see what’s available.

Random Acts of Kindness – I love this blog for the simplicity of the suggestions.  Sometimes we just need a jump start to get the juices flowing.  Some ideas include adopting a highway, bring in your neighbors’ trashcans, leave quarters at a laundromat (I know a family that hid dollar bills all over a Dollar Tree),  take someone to the movies, or pet sit for someone going on holiday vacation.

Open Hand Atlanta – Open Hand prepares, packs and delivers nearly 5,000 healthy meals each day throughout metro Atlanta for those who might otherwise go without.  Meal packing and assembly is a great project for families.  Kids must be at least 9 years old to participate.

Volunteer Match – This program matches volunteers with organizations in need.  We found hundreds of opportunities for children and youth in Atlanta.  You’ll find ideas like Toys for Tots, Starry Night Atlanta, Christmas Food Baskets, and more.

PebbleTossers – This organization alerts youth to new opportunities each month.  Families can join for free, and work with other families on select service projects around the city.

Big Hearted Families – This collection of resources to “help big families grow big hearts.” Join the community, prepare the family, and pick a project.  There are also great articles here about the value of volunteering, teaching kindness, and telling your story.

FurKids – Meet Georgia’s largest cage-free, no-kill animal shelter! There are several locations where you can adopt or donate.

Furkids is one of the only animal shelters in Georgia that welcomes children of all ages to volunteer in many different capacities.  They are looking for kids to read to cats, organize supply drives, foster animals, and assist with cat care.  Teens can help out as Santa photo helpers, dog handlers, and thrift store volunteers.

Ronald McDonald House – Kids ages 9 and up, along with an adult chaperone, may help prepare breakfasts and dinners, bake sweet treats for the families, or prepare yummy casseroles that can be stored in the freezer for Ronald McDonald House.  RMC also has great volunteer programs for high schoolers too.

Atlanta Community Food Bank – The Atlanta Community Food Bank feeds the hungry in and around Atlanta. All ages are welcome to come with their families to help sort and distribute food.  (Note: The Food Bank now requires proof of vaccination for all volunteer shifts.)

As always, if you know of other opportunities, please share them in the comments!


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12 great ideas for ways your child can volunteer this holiday season or year round. Great opportunities for kids and for teenagers to make a difference in their community around Atlanta. Help your child learn the importance of giving back and learn valuable lessons that will help shape them as individuals. Through these acts of kindness, they'll learn independence, gratitude, and have an experience they will remember forever. What a perfect activity do to around Christmas time too! #volunteer #kids #teenagers #Atlanta #holidays #Christmas #giveback

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