Now that summer is here many older children will not only have extra time on their hands, they’ll be looking for ways to keep themselves busy. One way to pass the time in a meaningful and often life changing way is to volunteer. We’ve highlighted volunteer opportunties for kids on Long Island for kids to check out. Of course, local libraries, places of worship, area hospitals are also good resources to see if there’s a particular area or network in need.
Bide A Wee - Bide A Wee is a community of pet loving individuals dedicated to caring for homeless pets. Though Bideawee requires that all volunteers that will be working directly with animals be 18 years or older, there are opportunities for those younger than 18 to volunteer when accompanied by a relative. For tweens and teens, Bideawee’s volunteer opportunities can help to fulfill school community service requirements and help enhance college applications. Bide a Wee has two Long Island locations and needs volunteers to walk, groom, and play with pets on location.
Where: 118 Old Country Road Westhampton, NY 11977
Contact Info: 866-262-8133 and WesthamptonVolunteer@bideawee.org
Habitat for Humanity - Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide organization that helps to bring shelter to those who are in need. Help is needed right here in our backyard. Habitat for Humanity has a volunteer youth program called Youth United for those ages 5-25 years. Volunteers can aid in a myriad of tasks from swinging a hammer, to painting, to gathering and sorting supplies.
Where: Nassau and Suffolk County
Contact Info: 800-422-4828, Ext. 7974 and firstname.lastname@example.org
Island Harvest - Island Harvest is an organization dedicated to feeding people in need. Not only does Island Harvest accept food donations, they are in need of services where volunteers are necessary, appreciated, and sought after. They have many ways for school aged children to get involved and encourage and support creative means to support the cause. Children’s organizations such as school clubs, scout troops, and youth groups can also set up volunteer opportunities through Island Harvest.
Where: 199 Second Street, Mineola, NY
Contact Info: 516-294-8528 ext. 21 and email@example.com
The Nature Conservancy - The Nature Conservancy is an organization set out to beautify, preserve, and maintain the gifts from Mother Nature. Since the 1950s, the Nature Conservancy has conserved more than 150,000 acres of land and water on Long Island. With several ways to get involved, this organization has a little something for any lover of the outdoors or all things natural — green thumb not required!
Where: The Center for Conservation – 142 Route 114, East Hampton, NY and Upland Farm Sanctuary – 250 Lawrence Hill Road
Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Contact Info: East Hampton (631) 329-7689 and Cold Spring Harbor (631) 367-3225
Toys of Hope – Toys of Hope is a Long Island-based not-for-profit organization geared toward providing homeless children with toys. Not only do they collect and distribute toys to thousands of children in need, but they also work to send children to camp, provide house cleaning supplies, and even offer school and art supplies to children in need. Children of all ages are welcome to volunteer.
Where: P.O. Box 1247, Huntington, NY
Contact Info: 631-271-TOYS (8697) and firstname.lastname@example.org
By Michelle S.