Little Hands Can
The single greatest resource my children and I have right now for finding service projects is the organization Little Hands Can. They arrange service projects for children of all ages and their families, but are particularly focused on allowing our youngest kids to be invaluable helpers in a variety of tasks. I am so grateful for them, because they’ve given my boys and I opportunities in the community I haven’t been able to find elsewhere.
It was started by two moms who care about their community, have young children, and wanted to teach them to help others. When they were not able to find many organizations that accepted toddler-age volunteers, they decide to create this organization. They find service opportunities that young children can participate in and make them available to families all over the Eugene/Springfield area. If you’re interested in joining them (and my boys and I) sometime, check out their calendar. My boys and I participate quite frequently. They have amazing opportunities for us and our little ones.
One of my favorites is the “Happy Helpers” group for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and their parents. They meet at Waterford Grand every Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 and have stories and music followed by a different simple service opportunity each week. It’s free and no registration is necessary. Some of their other events require registration, so check their website for more information. Hope to see you there!
Just look for the little helpers 😉