It’s never too early to start volunteering and helping charities. Make the most of your kids’ time at home over the school holidays by helping them fundraise for a charity or cause of their choice.
Kids Fundraising – Doing Odd Jobs for Charity
Doing odd jobs in exchange for charitable donations is a wonderful way to fill kids’ days during the summer holidays. It also fosters a strong work ethic.
Depending on the children’s ages, they can perform a variety of tasks in their community, including:
- Gardening – Mowing the lawn, tidying the garden, cleaning gutters, raking leaves
- Household chores – Washing windows, house cleaning and tidying
- Odd jobs – Running to the shop, dog walking
Your child can set a suggested donation amount for each task or let donors choose the amount based on the size of the job.
It may seem that children are limited in the fundraising tasks they can do, but in fact there are a lot of things they can do that others can’t; for example, helping an elderly neighbour. This will make them feel very important and also help a charity at the same time.
Sponsored Tasks for Kids’ Fundraising Over Summer Break
Children can ask others to sponsor them over the summer break as they perform any number of sponsored tasks. Some popular ideas include:
- Going without – chocolate, TV, video games, sleeping late
- Sponsored bike ride
- Crazy ideas – baked bean bath, fancy dress, dying their hair a funny colour
You can even ask friends and relatives to sponsor a haircut, where the hair is donated to wig makers for a children’s cancer charity. It’s a great way to get a haircut for the new school year and help others too.
Volunteer Over the School Holiday
Don’t let your kids get bored over the holidays this year. Volunteering is a great way to help others during school breaks.
Although not directly raising money for a cause, volunteering is still important. Whether kids volunteer to help neighbours by doing chores or put in some hours working for a local charity, volunteering can be very rewarding.
Final Thoughts on Kids Summer Fundraising
No matter what kids decide to do to help a charity over their summer holidays, make sure they are included in the decision-making process when it comes to choosing tasks.
For younger children especially, explain to them how the money they raise will help others; for example, you can show them that a £1 donation feeds a hungry child for a day, or buys a blanket for a homeless person. This will help them to visualise how their work is making a difference for others.