Archive for the ‘volunteering’ Category

Socializing Cats at Animals in Distress

Monday, April 12th, 2010

 Makenna is a huge animal lover, so rather than do girl scouts or dance we spend one evening a week  socializing kitties at Animals In Distress, a local no-kill animal shelter near our home. 

There’s young kitties, old kitties, paralyzed kitties and kitties missing eyes and they all live happily in big rooms decked out with all kinds of toys and beds like the jungle roo

Since there are so many cats that each kitty has their photo and name shown on the door of their room so we can always check the door and call each kitty by name.   

 We’ve made them lots of toys that they love to play with, although I have yet to remember to take a picture of a finished one before giving it to the kitties.

They also have dogs at Animals in Distress but only volunteers who are 18 or older are allowed to help walk them.   With the kitties children can be as young as eight to come and play.

So if you’re in the market for a cute cat or dog, or want to do some fun volunteer work check out Animals in Distress located in Coopersburg, PA.

Volunteering at the Farm

Friday, February 27th, 2009

I gave the twins free use of the camera when we went to volunteer at the Flint Hill Farm in Coopersburg today.

There were lots and lots of pictures taken….

And much fighting over the camera.

  Which reminded me why I don’t let them take photos more often.

The animals didn’t seem to mind.

 Each Friday we head over to the farm because we’ve always believed our kids need to think of others besides themselves, and  they need to learn that a little hard work is good for them.

The hard part about volunteering with kids is finding places that will allow children of any age to come help out.

At our old home, when the kids were younger (1 1/2 - 3) we used to go weekly to a nursing home to visit with residents and help them make crafts. 

And when they got a little older (3+) we used to go help stock shelves at a local food pantry until we moved.

We hadn’t done any volunteering around our new home until January when we started at the farm.  We chose a farm because the twins just love animals and it is something Alexandra can enjoy even at her young age. 

What are some things you do with your children to volunteer and help others?