To keep things fun, the atmosphere in the kitchen is always colored with laughter and music. To join in, children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. More information about volunteer requirements and the dress and health codes can be found on the Open Hand website.
For kids who love working with their hands, Trees Atlanta offers Saturday volunteer opportunities for children ages 12 and older.
3. Trees Atlanta – For kids who prefer to get their hands dirty, Trees Atlanta offers Saturday volunteer opportunities for ages 12 and up. If your child is under 16 years of age, a chaperone is required. Activities include tree and meadow plantings as well as tree maintenance. Volunteers meet on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in different Atlanta neighborhoods to work together to make each community a better place to live. TreesAtlanta.org has more information including registration details.
If you want to teach your kids about forest restoration, you can also look into Trees Atlanta's Holiday Tree Greeting program. For $25, you and your child can send a hand-written holiday tree greeting card to a friend or family member. With your purchase, Trees Atlanta will plant a tree in the recipient's honor. More about the Holiday Tree Greeting program can be found on the Trees Atlanta website.
4. Hosea Feed the Hungry – Hosea Feed the Hungry provides over 10,000 volunteer opportunities each year. Children must be at least 12 years old to participate. During the holidays, you can register to volunteer for one of the organization's annual dinner events. Visit 4Hosea.org to read about requirements and registration information.
5. Furkids Animal Rescue and Shelters – Furkids offers youth volunteer opportunities year round. Depending on your child's age, they can participate in supply drives, animal caretaking, reading to the animals, or working in the Norcross thrift store. During the first three weekends in December, kids from ages 9 to 18 can volunteer as Santa photo helpers and gift wrappers during Furkids' annual Christmas event. The event takes place at select Furkids locations in metro Atlanta. This fundraiser gives pet owners a chance to bring their pets in for photos with Santa. Volunteers are needed for greeting, helping with staging the animals and more. You can learn more on the Furkids website.
6. Atlanta Community Food Bank – Atlanta Community Food Bank in Midtown has a list of ongoing projects for anyone looking to give back. The organization's mission is to provide food and other critical resources for low-income Georgians who face hunger and food insecurity on a regular basis. Their kid-friendly volunteer projects include processing grocery donations in the Product Resource Center, working with plants through the Community Gardens project or providing school supplies to teachers in low-income areas through the Kids in Need initiative. Each project has its own requirements for ages and volunteer hours. The Volunteer page on the Atlanta Community Food Bank website has all of those details and more.