By Sue Rodman
I recently received an email from Field Trips with Sue reader Alissa Shreeve asking if I knew any opportunities for kids to volunteer in the Atlanta area. I wish I could say I’m a huge volunteer and I had a nice list for her, but, I did not. So, I turned to good friend and former co-worker Diane Maicon, who always has something useful up her sleeve, and she suggested the website Pebble Tossers. Pebble Tossers helps children and adults find fun, creative ways to make a difference in their communities. I asked Alissa to review the site so Field Trips with Sue could let readers know what to expect. Below are Alissa’s thoughts on Pebble Tossers. Just below that are additional places that have volunteering options for kids. Let us know your ideas for volunteering with kids.
Thanks Alissa for your inquiry and for writing this great post!
A Review of Pebble Tossers
by Alissa Shreeve
I am thrilled you found a site which recognizes that little kids can help. Without registering, you can see a list of the projects and the names show that they are geared towards kids’ interests and capabilities. I went ahead and registered the family and chose the “Get Matched with a Project” option.
This page lets you select your kids’ ages, areas of interest, the types of things you like to do, and note what you are good at. It makes it obvious that the intent is for kids to join, as options for things you like to do include: collecting things, dance, getting dirty, horses, and the options for things you are good at include: being loud, being quiet, giving hugs… Every child will fit a few of these categories!
My search came up with a huge list. However, the filter for ages didn’t work well. Many of the projects weren’t age appropriate. We are still limited due to the kids ages, but I found at least 3 we could participate in – coupon clipping, cake baking, and snack packing. I am happy to find a way to involve my children.
My only complaint about the Pebble Tossers site, and this is a common issue across the web, is that you must register before you can search out and view details on projects. I hate to give out a lot of personal information (especially with children involved) and resent that it is required just to view the project descriptions. The personal information includes your entire contact information as well as full birth dates.
For additional volunteering ideas, try these sites
- Trees Atlanta
- Project Open Hand
- Meals on Wheels
- Hands on Atlanta - Hands On Atlanta recently introduced Family Service Saturdays. This volunteer program is designed especially for families with children ages 5 – 12.