Photo Credit: Akron Ohio Moms
The word “SIMPLE” has a new meaning for us at The Motherhood. Our ongoing partnership with Champions for Kids for the SIMPLE Service and SIMPLE Giving programs has taught us how easy it is to give back right in our very own communities. Over the course of the summer, our bloggers truly went above and beyond as they organized service projects on behalf of Champions for Kids, and they taught us that anyone can make a difference – it’s really that SIMPLE!
Below, we’ve shared three amazing service projects that remind us why it’s so important to help those in our communities who are less fortunate. You can use these ideas for your next service project or as inspiration to create your own!
Gather a group and head to a facility in need of volunteers
When Cindy of Akron Ohio Moms was asked to participate in the Champions for Kids #PurellLendAHand program, she was eager to help families in her community with back-to-school supplies. Thinking outside the box, Cindy invited her blog community to volunteer at the Akron Canton Regional Foodbank. The response from her local readers was great, and there were more than 20 volunteers, including children ages four weeks to 10 years old, who joined her for the #PurellLendAHand service project!
At the food bank, Cindy’s group learned about how important the organization is for families living in poverty in their community. The group toured the facility and even helped label more than 1,200 soap bottles as part of the Essentials Soap Program. They were able to collect quite a few school supplies and donate them to an amazing cause, all while volunteering for a great local organization!
Photo Credit: Akron Ohio Moms
“Finding ways to get our children involved to volunteer at a young age is a fantastic way for them to develop compassion for others and a heart of volunteering and giving,” Cindy said.
Follow in Cindy’s footsteps for your next service project and get a whole group involved!
Leverage local community events for the good of charity
For her Champions for Kids SIMPLE Giving project, Nadine at Pittsburgh Mommy Blog took advantage of a local event to raise awareness and collect snack donations for local Pittsburgh charity, Jeremiah’s Place.
Nadine chose the Bloomfield Saturday Farmer’s Market to host her snack drive, and she was absolutely blown away by the turnout! She had volunteers who did free face painting and provided entertainment for the children, and people from all over the Pittsburgh area who drove in just to donate snacks for Jeremiah’s Place. Nadine always wanted to find a way to help families in Pittsburgh, and her snack drive was the perfect community service project to help her do so!
Photo Credit: Pittsburgh Mommy Blog
“After that weekend at the Bloomfield Saturday Market, I’m convinced that my blog has come full circle. It has evolved into exactly what I always hoped it could be – a way to genuinely impact and better the lives of local families,” said Nadine.
Think about timing your service project with a local event next time!
Give traditional ideas a new spin in the name of a community need
Hosting a lemonade stand was on the top of Lindsey’s bucket list at Sisters to Sons. She made it happen, but not with a typical lemonade stand with the kids. Instead, she made a great summer idea even better by turning it into a SIMPLE Service project for the Elmer’s #BagItForward program in partnership with Champions for Kids!
Lindsey and her kids invited friends, family and neighbors to attend their lemonade stand, and instead of charging 25 cents for lemonade, they asked their guests to bring school supply donations for a local school in their community that has many students whose families struggle to buy supplies!
“You guys, this was SO easy and I know it will be one activity that my kids remember this summer. So on the next day where you wake up and think to yourself, ‘What should we do today?’ Why not try something like this? It’s really this simple,” Lindsey said.
Photo Credit: Sisters To Sons
Next time you’re planning a lemonade stand or a neighborhood activity, think about what families in your community might need and “charge” donations instead of cash!
Our bloggers came out in full force this summer, sharing inspiring & motivating stories of their service. We hope their drive to help their community inspires you to do the same!