“Do we have to go to mentoring? It’s not about me.”

On one level, these words were pretty discouraging. My son has been tagging along at our weekly mentoring program since birth.

On another, (after an attitude adjustment), he’s right. Life isn’t all about him. It’s not all about our family. It’s about growing our hearts to love people in our community.

And with that focus on heart, we found volunteer opportunities for families in a wide variety of stages and with different passions. I hope as parents we can all work together to inspire our kids to brighten their little corner of the world.

Let's dig in.

5 Ways Your Family Can Give Back

Plan a Pack Shack Party

Gather friends, family or co-workers and plan your Feed the Funnel party! Kids 3 and up can help out as you package meals for the non-profit of your choice. Pack Shack parties can be held anywhere in the city and any day of the week.

Find out more: ThePackShack.org

Walk to Support a Local Cause

Signing up for races like Arkansas Children’s Race for a Healthier Tomorrow combines healthy activity and a chance to donate to a local charity. Look for more family-friendly walks (like The Call’s Walk for the Waiting) coming soon!

Adopt a Park

In the spirit of Earth Day, spend some time at your favorite after-school playground picking up trash. Pack gloves and watch kids to make sure they avoid sharp or hazardous items.

For more inspiration: VolunteerAR.org

Get on Ronald McDonald House Supper Club’s Calendar

Bring your kids as you help prepare a meal for families with kids staying at Arkansas Children’s. Not only do they have a really fun kitchen to cook in, they also have a wonderful playroom and playground for younger volunteers to enjoy.

Find a slot: RMHCArkansas.org/Supper-Club

Create Care Kits for Little Rock-Area Homeless

Gather commonly needed supplies for the homeless in your community (think water bottles, dental hygiene supplies, socks and non-perishable food for starters) and create a family assembly line to pack a few bags to keep in your car. When you have the chance, give a bag to someone who needs help.

Bonus: Have your kids make a card to put a personal touch on your kits.

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