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Fourth graders Shed Light on Emergency Safety for Seniors

kids helping emergency safety for seniors

Fourth graders Shed Light on Emergency Safety for Seniors

 

By MJ Vieweg, Staff Writer

The national youth volunteer platform, volunTeennation.org used the grant money awarded to them by Start-A-Snowball to distribute 50 emergency safety kits to low-income senior citizens in St. Louis, MO.  The fourth graders of the Mirowitz School in St. Louis had been studying poverty and social justice issues.

“The St. Louis area is often under a tornado watch in the month of May,” said Simone Bernstein, co-founder of volunTeennation.org.  “The kits were distributed through area food banks.”  Last spring’s tornado activity in the St. Louis region highlighted this critical need that simply went unaddressed.  According to Bernstein, FEMA and Red Cross highlight the need for such kits.  Low-income seniors often do not have new batteries or even flashlights available.

The distribution of the kits is a vehicle that will combine service learning with an educational awareness project to promote emergency safety and preparedness procedures.  The start-A-Snowball grant ($100) enabled the students to buy flashlights and batteries for the 50 emergency kits.  Local hardware and grocery stores donated plastic waterproof boxes, first aid supplies, and water bottles.

“We hope to continue to prepare and distribute the emergency safety kits (which will include FEMA information, snacks and additional supplies),” Bernstein said.  “The kits will be distributed at the food banks as the director shared that the need for these kits is ongoing.”

 

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Sunnyvale Youth Newspaper Camp: Teaching Kids to Love Writing

Teaching Kids to Love Writing

What happens when a group of high school students who work on a school newspaper notice a decline in kids’ interest in writing and reading? Exactly what everyone should do, they started working on a solution to teach kids to love writing and to apply that love of writing outside of the classroom. This was the challenge facing Start A Snowball Grantee, June Lee, a Sunnyvale, CA, high school student and editor to her school’s newspaper, The Lancer. June says, “As an editor and reporter for several of my school newspapers, I have always loved the ability of newspapers to draw communities closer together through their portrayal of local/national/international occurrences. Additionally, while looking at my younger brother and children at the local elementary school, I realized how much youth interest in writing and reading was in decline, and realized that newspapers could be applied to solve the problem.” With this thought in her head, she set forth on her journey to spread her love of writing.

Teaching Kids to Love WritingThe first thing June did was enlist other students with a similar passion to volunteer for youth education. Together, they formed the Sunnyvale Youth Newspaper Committee with the goal to teach local youth to apply writing both inside and outside of the classroom. June states: “Newspaper reporting/editing is one form in which we hope to kindle youth enthusiasm for literature. By increasing youth involvement in the art of newspaper writing, we hope to increase their awareness and involvement in the community while also reviving this method for global interaction and communication.” One of the main activities of this youth led committee is to host summer and winter break camps for local youth in grades 5-8. They are geared toward inspiring interest in writing, while improving reading/writing skills through the newspaper. This camp is free of charge to the kids that attend and aims to expose students to different types of writing styles (interview/investigative reporting, letters-to-the-editor, editorials, cartooning), inspire interest in writing and greater involvement in the community, and to help students experience the process of writing, editing, and publishing their own individual newspaper.

June and her committee work tirelessly to make the camp successful. Through weekly meetings they plan the camp curriculum, publicize the camp throughout their community, and secure editors from local newspapers like the San Jose Mercury News and Town Crier to speak to the campers about their jobs and how youth can become more involved in their field.Teaching Kids to Love Writing During the week long program kids create their own mini-newspaper and present it on the final day of camp, get to see their letters to the editor published in the local Sunnyvale Sun Newspaper, and have the opportunity to be invited to work with the Los Altos Town Crier as a youth reporter during the upcoming school year. At the conclusion of the camp, the students are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to become involved with their local and school newspapers.

During the summer of 2014, the camp hosted 38 students and received a grant from Start A Snowball to help pay for supplies and snacks. They received glowing feedback from campers and parents indicating that their goal of increasing students’ interest in local news and writing was successful. They plan on continuing to realize their passion of teaching kids to love writing, and carrying on with the camp each year and also expanding it to cover summer and winter breaks. This is an amazing example of youth helping youth, and the impact one person can have when they are passionate about helping others. Check out their news coverage by The San Jose Mercury News and The Teenage Views Blog.

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By: Mac Winslow, Co-Founder and President, Start A Snowball

Kids’ Community Service Projects Supported by Start A Snowball

Check out the grants we have given, you can browse them by clicking on the causes below or by clicking on the map below, maybe there is a kid doing good near you:

adoption-foster childrenAdoption/Foster Care           elder careElder Care                          literacyIlliteracy

childhood hungerChildhood Hunger                 hungerHunger                               performing artsArts

homelessHomelessness                        fight bullyingBullying                              educationEducation

health careHealthcare                              millitary-veteransMilitary/Veterans             specialneedsSpecial Needs

disadvantaged kidsDisadvantaged Kids              working togetherWorking Together             recycleEnvironmental

zoo Animals                                  dancinghall Fitness

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Grantees: 37.090240, -95.712891
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Once Upon A Run

This AL girl is putting together a running club that promotes fitness, reading, and girls' positive self image.

Hoover, AL, USA
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Bike Library

Hannah is working towards setting up free bikes to be checked out and used by visitors to a local state park.

Farmerville, LA 71241, USA
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Auburn Junior High School Garden Project

Auburn Junior High School student, Sarah, is working towards establishing a donation garden at her school.

Auburn, AL, USA
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IMPACT DANCE

12 Year old Madison who has battled with hearing loss and diabetes wants to encourage healthy living in her community through dance.

Chattanooga, TN 37406, USA
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Challenge H2O

This 10th grader is helping to reduce the consumption of sugary drinks and improving the diets of kids at her school.

Whittier, CA 90601, USA
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The Maria Joy Foundation

Click here to read about Taylor Tinsley started a foundation to build awareness and support for Foster Children and Adoption

Detroit, MI, USA
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ABC's With Love

The AZ teen is using her love for reading to provide books for orphaned children in Sonora, Mexico

Phoenix, AZ, USA
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Mercy for America's Children-Kid's Division

This organization here gives youth in the foster system the ability to help lead and mentor younger kids in the foster system.

Wake Forest, NC, USA
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Hidden Jewels Clothing

This young lady is collecting new and used clothing to give foster children something nice to wear.

Wake Forest, NC, USA
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You Gotta Have F.A.I.T.H.

Kinsington's organization is raising funds to help foster children find permanent homes and buy supplies for children in foster homes.

St Albans, WV, USA
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Gold Sponsorship

This young girl was once a Chinese orphan, now she is raising money to provide preschool to children still in orphanages in China

Corvallis, OR, USA
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Best Buddies

Check out how Connerton Elementary is pairing Basic Education students with Special Education students to design and execute their ow service project.

Spring Hill, FL, USA
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Serving Sweetwater Youth Ranch

Click here to read about how these girls are working to help a therapeutic riding program get started and gain publicity in order to help kids in need.

Weaverville, NC, USA
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Fantastic Friends

Marissa Hacker wanted to help her twin brother and other special needs kids, so she started Fantastic Friends to give teens and tweens with special needs the opportunity to socialize, relax, have fun, and let their inner start shine through.

Voorhees Township, NJ, USA
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Sweet Change

This 11 year old is inspired by her brother's life with Cerebral Palsy is selling lemonade to buy toys, hats, and cool stuff to kids with special needs.

Brockton, MA 02301, USA
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Bright Young Dyslexics

Carter and Caragan have started an organization to raise awareness of Dyslexia and help them to succeed.

De Pere, WI, USA
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ISS Community Service Gardening

Students with Disabilities get involved in Philanthropy Project that involves Gardening for community in South Shore, Staten Island New York

Staten Island, NY 10312, USA
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Pack A Sack

Click here and read about how this FL girl and her family started a program that sends bags of food home with hungry kids on the weekends.

Land O' Lakes, FL, USA
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William's weekend for Back Pack buddies

Click here to read how this NC kid is working to feed hungry kids in his community.

Raleigh, NC, USA
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11 for Jordan

Elizabeth is at it again and raising money for PKU research and helping to feed the hungry at the same time.

Brooklyn, NY 11209, USA
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Kids Feeding Kids Food & Fun Fest

Elementary-aged Sisters Want to Feed Kids' Bellies and Minds

Charlotte, NC 28216, USA
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Time

Norte Vista Global Citizens are working to give women and children's shelters hope one peanut butter and jelly sandwich at a time.

Riverside, CA 92503, USA
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Mariah's H.O.P.E.

Eight year old Mariah Seay has decided that she will change the world one person at a time! She is collecting canned foods and seasonal wraps for homeless youth in her community.

Chicago, IL 60620, USA
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Brickshare helps homeless

This young man is collecting used Lego pieces and repackaging them as new toys along with school supplies, books, and other things kids need and giving them to disadvantaged children.

Aliso Viejo, CA, USA
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Family Blanket Project

Click here to be inspired by this 13 year old who is using her community to make blankets for kids in a local shelter for people displaced due to economic reasons.

West Bend, WI, USA
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Warm Winters

Click here and be inspired by the 2 girls that are taking the lost and found from ski resorts and keeping the homeless warm.

Walnut Creek, CA, USA
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Gloves With Love and Hats from Our Hearts

These elementary school students are collecting hats and gloves for local homeless shelters.

Indianapolis, IN, USA
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Nerds Rule: Homeless Care Packages

This group of students are helping to feed hungry kids over the weekend.

Chula Vista, CA, USA
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Camp Compassion

This 11 year old is organizing her friends to make casseroles for a homeless shelter.

Salem, UT, USA
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Operation Happy Paws

Willow is making and selling pet toys to raise money to buy socks for the homeless."

Ringwood, NJ 07456, USA
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2 Pairs Each

9 year old Joshua is working towards collecting 50,000 pairs of socks to give the homless in his area 2 pairs each.

Australia
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Jania Bakes

10 year old Jania held a bake sale to by food and clothes for the homeless.

Greenville, SC 29601, USA
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Kids Can

A teacher at Kodiak Middle School is teaching her art classes to make blankets that will be donated to a local homeless shelter.

Kodiak, AK, USA
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Hula against Homelessness

Jade and her organization calles GRACErs is holding a Hawaiian themed party to raise money to fight homelessness.

Bigfork, MN 56628, USA
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East Aurora High Habitat for Humanity

This group of high school kids are using their grant money to get more students involved I habitat for humanity.

Montgomery, IL, USA
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'Because we can'-Little helping hands

Justice is in the third grade and hopes to collect things to help keep the homeless warm.

Indianapolis, IN 46239, USA
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Soda Can Planters for the Homeless

8 year old Nate is recycling tin cans into planters to sell to buy needed supplies for homeless youth and their pets at Collide NYC.

Ringwood, NJ 07456, USA
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Best Friends Violet and Adeline Save the World

6 year old Adeline is collecting socks for the homeless.

Spokane Valley, WA 99212, USA
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Cans for a cause

9 year old Sean is working to recycle 100,000 cans and bottles to get $5000 for homeless Youth center.

Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USA
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Blessing Bags

7 year old phantropist Makenzee want to help teach friends the power of caring and blessing others by giving out care packages and blessing bags to the homeless.

Annapolis, MD, USA
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Care for your Own

12 year old Alexis is working towards collecting canned goods and blankets for our local homeless families living at Salvation Army

Pinellas Park, FL 33782, USA
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B.Box (aka 'Birthday Box')

Celebrate. Smile. Repeat. is the B.Box (aka “Birthday Box”) motto. Friends since 1st grade, 3 teens throw birthday parties for other teens, who happen to be homeless! Each B.Box has everything needed to celebrate each child at the shelter-just because.

Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
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Give Coffee

4 year old Christiona is giving coffee and conversation to the homeless in the DC Area. She's collecting blankets, socks, and care packages to accompany her coffee effort. Her coffee ministry is to keep them warm, she calls the homeless her "Customers".

Waldorf, MD, USA
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Blanket and Stuffed Animal Collection Drive

8 year old collecting blankets and stuffed animals for homeless children

Milford, DE, USA
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Hawaiian Restaurant

Local group is raising money for homeless children in Hawaii through Hawaiian Restraunt themed party!

Bigfork, MN 56628, USA
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Gift Bags for the Homeless

These 6th to 8th graders hope to help 240 homeless people.

Rochester, MN 55901, USA
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Service Learning/Culture Shock

Megan has started an organization that gets youth involved in helping those who are less fortunate in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
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Campus Chapter Seed Money

These students are mobilizing to help fight homelessness

Montgomery, IL, USA
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10 for Jordan

Click here to read about how one girl ran a bake sale and raised ove $4000 for PKU research to help one of her friends have a cure.

Brooklyn, NY, USA
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BuddeeBags

Click hereto learn about a cool project started by a 10 year old to make bags to help those bound to wheel chairs

Warminster, PA, USA
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Lemons to lemonade

Click here and enjoy seeing how these sisters ran their own lemonade stand and threw a "Frozen" party for kids at a local children's hospital.

Prattville, AL, USA
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C. Grant Grimshaw School: Kids Helping Kids

Click hereTo read how the kids in this school are banding together to raise much needed dental supplies for those in need.

Lafayette, NY 13084, USA
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Bath Bombs for Diabetes

Click here to see how this young lady made bath products and sold them to raise money for Juvenille Diabetes research

Columbia, MD, USA
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Crafting for All Childrens

This group gives elementary students a way to craft to help other sick children.

Land O' Lakes, FL, USA
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Hopper The Cancer Crusher

Click hereTo read about this inspiring young girl names Kelsey who lost her older sister to cancer and has created a therapy toy that helps medical staff teach kids about their treatment. She dreams of her own non-profit and a Hooper the Cancer Crusher in the arms of every child diagnosed with cancer.

Mifflinburg, PA 17844, USA
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Angel of Hope

This 7th grader lost her great-grandmother to cancer and is doing bake sales to raise money for City of Hope Hospital .

Lake Elsinore, CA, USA
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Autism Awareness Benefit

Clickhere to read about how this teenager run service club (NMR) is using their grant money to publicize an autism awareness event and fundraiser

Turlock, CA, USA
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Love Knots Preemie Bundles

This cool 11th grader has dozens of volunteers working to make bundles of hats, booties, and blankets for premature babies that cannot go home with their famalies

Newtown, PA 18940, USA
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Caring House Chef

An 8 year old is making sure cancer patients at the caring house feel at home with a home cooked meal.

Raleigh, NC 27609, USA
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Helping Hands Reaching Out

This girls' mentoring program is teaching community service by making cards for kids in a local children's hospital.

Hermitage, TN 37076, USA
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Paco's Card Project

This young man is getting his Junior Honor Society members together to make cards for patients at Detroit Children's Hospital

Detroit, MI, USA
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Happy Cards for Kids

This young man is making cards to help cheer up kids in the hospital.

Columbia, SC 29229, USA
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Ainsley's Lemonade Stand

7 year old Ainsley is running weekly lemonade stands to raise at least $5,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society.

Alexandria, VA 22302, USA
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Walk for Wishes Glow 5k

15 year old Jennifer is has a goal to raise $5,000 to help Make A Wish

Jefferson City, MO, USA
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Helping Children's Hospitals

This school in NY had a theme of community service for summer school and had student collaborate in teams to put together projects to help local women's and children's hospitals.

Great Valley, NY 14741, USA
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Gane Givers

Ali is working towards supplying video games for sick kids in hospitals around Atlanta.

Atlanta, GA 30350, USA
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Knotted Hope

At age 14, Molly and Addie are making fleece tie blankets to send to kids, sick, in the hospital.

Ogilvie, MN 56358, USA
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The Movie and Game Project for Kids

12 year old Torrin has already collected over 600 dvd's for ill children in the hospital. He is working toward expanding his collection to include video games to brighten up their stay in the hospital!

Cumberland, RI, USA
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Chemo Bags

I am creating bags of items such as lotion, lemon drops, mints, plastic spoons, forks, and knifes, and hand sanitizer. I have learned that these items are nice for patients going through chemo therapy. I hope to brighten people's lives.

Appleton, WI, USA
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Help for the Hospital

In the 2nd grade Amanda started making scarves for kids in the hospital, now she is helping others do it too.

Jacksonville, FL 32256, USA
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Packing Hope

Project In Process: This 1st grade class is working together to pack backpacks full of basic needs for disadvantaged children

St. Louis, MO, USA
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Serving Northview

Readhow these girls are spending their time helping those in need in a local low income housing community

Weaverville, NC, USA
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Remember Our Titans

This program started by high school kids sends care packages and supplies to economically disadvantaged graduated from their school in college.

Shelbyville, KY 40065, USA
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Rainbow Pack

Click here and learn about how Riley Gantt is getting school supplies to those in need.

Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Students Helping Students at North View

Readhow these girls are spending their time helping those in need in a local low income housing community

Weaverville, NC, USA
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Comfort For Kids

Click here About this 13 year old who was inspired to help children dealing with crisis by making sure they get a holiday stocking.

Fuquay Varina, NC, USA
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The Bundle Up Club

Click hereTo read about how these sisters are making scarves and hats to help the less fortunate.

Ada, OK, USA
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Operation Blazin Divaz Backpack give away

Blazin Divaz Dance Team was formed n order to give disadvantaged children the ability to be on a dance team, they are working to supply school supplies to low income children.

Durham, NC 27703, USA
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Lady Viper Mentors

This girl's soccer team is giving back and helping other girls experience the benefits of being on a team, and working together.

Vauxhall, Union, NJ, USA
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Backpacks 4 Kids AZ

At 12 years old this girl is collecting backpacks full of school supplies for kids in need.

Tolleson, AZ, USA
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Tractors, Cars, Dolls, and Toys for Little Girls and Boys

Sofia is creating hope and happiness for the less fortunate children by giving them toys and delivering joy.

Marion, KY 42064, USA
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Gabriel's House Backyard Stage and Landscaping

Taylor is helping low-income children itheir city develop their public performing and speaking skills along with pulling a neighborhood together as a community.

Palmdale, CA 93551, USA
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Little Lights

This class is working together to help kids in need

Ashford, CT, USA
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Debbie's Treasure Chest in the Schools

These sisters are working together to help kids in need with school suppliws

Methuen, MA, USA
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Abby's Sweet Feet

Abby is helping kids in need get new shoes and socks.

Red Bluff, CA 96080, USA
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Kidz Giving Hunt

8 Year old Bryce continues his mission to help children around the world by donating presents to underserved children for the holidays. He also recruited local friends join him, by sharing his philosophy "if you don't give, you don't get"

Newburgh, NY, USA
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Recharge your mind

Learning at an early age should be accessible to all children according to 16 year old Hannah, who has started a project to distribute learning toys with battery charger kits to disadvantaged children in the area.

Candor, NY 13743, USA
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Project Uplift

Kids add flair to local park by painting swings and play areas

Baltimore, MD 21215, USA
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Junior Leaders Volunteer to make Camp Come True

Youth of the Junior Leadership Council of SCOPE will make and fill "Dream Boxes" with basic camper bunk needs for over 40 economically disadvantaged children who have been given the opportunity to go to sleep away camp through SCOPE scholarships.

Rockville Centre, NY, USA
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Victory for Youth

Teen Power Ministry is working towards empowering the youth by providing children and teens in impoverished areas with a stable environment for after school tutoring, fun and safe outings and support in times of need.

Raleigh, NC 27610, USA
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Kida Helping Others Stay Warm

Local first grade class is helping children in need with a winter coat

Lavaca, AR 72941, USA
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Volunteennation.org- Emerg. Prep Kits

Click here to read about a 4th grade calss that got together to make emergency safety kits for the elderly.

St. Louis, MO, USA
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Tylers eagle project

For his Eagle project Tyler is making blankets and getting books for the elderly who are home-bound.

West Covina, CA 91790, USA
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Kingsville Recycles

This 10 year old is working to make recycling easier for the residents of his community.

Kingsville, MO 64061, USA
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Butterfly Gargen at Camp Sobaco

These girl scouts are building a butterfly garden to help Monarch butterflies have a safe place during migration.

Setauket- East Setauket, NY, USA
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Operation 86

Justin is teaching his community about the dangers of Radon and helping those in need with Radon testing kits

Granada Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Project Greenification

At 17, Victoria is working to start a garden at her school to help teach kids about the environment and pass it on to future students to keep the teaching alive.

Chatsworth, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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Ny is a Great Place to BEE!

Elizabeth is raising money and awareness to help increase the bee population in NY.

Cornwall-On-Hudson, NY, USA
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Operation Clean Beaches

Local kids conservation group aiming to keep beaches debris-free using repurposed and recyclable containers

Vero Beach, FL 32967, USA
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Power of Recycling

These Girl Scouts are starting a curbside recycling program in their community.

Dunlap, IA 51529, USA
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Start A Snowball was started after the founders were inspired by what their 7 year old son was able to do when he was moved by a cause, and was given the support he needed to get his project off the ground. One of our main goals is to support kids that want to take on their own community service project through grants.  We are pleased to highlight the projects we have supported with grants, the projects that are currently ongoing, and some projects that are approved and pending funding. You can help by donating to Start A Snowball. This will give us the funds needed to fund the kids community service projects that are pending funding below, and to continue to fund projects and help kids do good.

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There are so many kids out there that want to do good and make a difference in their world. Help us support these and other kids’ community service projects through our grants. Your donation can help kids like these see the power that they can have to change the world, and help build a generation of givers that have the power to fight problems facing our world in a way that has never been done before.

 

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Kids' community service If we are to teach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children-Gandhi

Kids Helping Kids Read: Maria Keller & Read Indeed

 Kids Helping Kids Read

kids helping kids, maria keller

In 5 Years Maria Keller has helped distribute over 1 million books to kids in need

Fighting Childhood Illiteracy: Revisited

Kids helping kids is one of the most inspiring things that can happen when they get involved in community service. We recently published a post about How Kids can help fight childhood illiteracy, and sited several shocking statistics about the effects of childhood illiteracy, such as:

  • 2/3 of children who cannot read by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare
  • One child in 4 grows up not being able to read

As a follow up to that piece we want to talk about the impact one inspired girl has had, and how other kids can get involved to help supply the tools kids around the world need to learn to read and become proficient readers.

Kids Helping Kids Read: Maria Keller and Read Indeed

At age 8 Maria Keller loved to read and quickly learned that not every child has books to read. Maria says, “When I learned how many kids in the world don’t have even one book in their home, I was shocked.” Knowing what she would be missing if she did not have access to books, she decided that she wanted to do something to help. In order to make a difference in the world around her she started Read Indeed, a non-profit organization that wants to make the world a better place, one book at a time. “I have learned how vital it is that kids have the tools to learn how to read and to become proficient readers. I just want to do my part to help make that happen, because being literate has a dramatic effect on their ability to provide for themselves when they grow up,” explains 13 year-old Founder and CEO Maria Keller.

Maria is a shining example of the power of one kid to change the world. At age 8 when Maria started her push to provide books to kids in need her goal was to provide 1 million books. 5 years later she has already eclipsed that goal by collecting books valued at over $4 Million, and keeps on moving. She has gotten national recognition on the Ellen Show, and has recently been awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for public service. Moved by the award’s namesake who said, “I cannot live without books,” Maria strives to fulfill Jefferson’s legacy, and says, “as I continue in my mission, I learn that the number of kids who have no books are in the hundreds of millions. So I just can’t give up even after reaching my original goal of 1 million books distributed.”

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Kids helping kids get the tools they need to learn to read, and embrace the love of reading is a great way to get kids involved in community service. Maria and Read Indeed offer lots of opportunities for others to get involved. If you live in the Minneapolis area you can help in person. They open the Read Indeed warehouse the 2nd Saturday and 4th Friday of every month for volunteers to sort/count books, drop off donated books, and for organizations to pick up books for the kids they serve. If you would like to sign up to help in person click here. If you don’t live close to their warehouse you can host your own book drive and even utilize the read indeed name and logo to help promote it. Click here for more information on hosting your own book drive for kids in need of books in your area.

Start A Snowball is proud to award Maria a grant to help her further her goal of making the world a better place one book at a time. If you would like to apply for a grant to support a kid’s community service project click the button below.

 

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Kids Fighting Childhood Homelessness: Service Ideas for Kids

Fighting Childhood homelessness

There are lots of ways to get kids involved in community service. Kids Fighting Childhood Homelessness is an experience that could have a lifelong impact.

The Effects of Childhood Homelessness

People often joke about their “first world problems”.  Yes, most of us are blessed to live in a place that allows us to have whatever we need. However, for many kids in the United States, that isn’t the case. According to The National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH), 1 in 45 children in the United States will experience homelessness every year. That adds up to over 1.6 million children every year that don’t know where they will lay their head at night or eat their next meal. Homelessness also has many other serious effects on children. Studies from the NCFH and other organizations have shown that children experiencing homelessness (see their full fact sheet):

  • Are sick four times more often than other children & suffer from:
    • 4x as many respiratory infections
    • 2x as many ear infections
    • 5x more GI problems
    • 4x the incidences of asthma
  • Hunger at twice the rate of other children
  • Have higher rates of obesity due to nutritional deficiencies
  • Experience 3x the rate of emotional and behavioral problems compared to other children.

These things don’t even take into account the increase in experiences with violence or the higher rate of academic challenges endured by these children.

How Can Kids Help Fight Childhood Homelessness

Children experiencing homelessness need and deserve the same opportunities that other kids have. Encouraging your kids to work towards ending childhood homelessness is a wonderful way to help kids get involved in community service and philanthropy in a powerful and lasting way. Some ideas to help your kids help their peers are:

  • Raise money and help build a Habitat for Humanity home in their community. Youth ages 5 to 25 can get involved as leaders, planners, fund-raisers and press agents. Youth ages 16 to 25 can work on the construction site to help build the home.
  • Make blankets with Maddie’s Blankets to donate (large blankets are used for youth in foster care, shelters, or transitional housing).
  • Raise money to donate to organizations like The Little Red Wagon Foundation. An organization started by Zach Bonner as a 6 year old when he saw first-hand how many homeless children were in his local community.
  • Collect and donate clothing, food, or toys to your local food bank or homeless shelter.
  • Volunteer at a local homeless shelter to help with whatever activities are deemed age appropriate by the shelter.
  • Raise money to donate to Gotta Have Sole, an organization started by a then 12 year old boy that wanted to provide new shoes to children living in shelters across the US.

These are just a few ideas. Kids should be encouraged to be creative! Do something that speaks to them whether it is a lemonade stand or a door to door campaign. Every snowball starts small, but if they are shaped just right and rolled down the right hill, they can have a tremendous impact.

To help a kids start their own snowball to fight childhood homelessness, click on the button below to apply for a grant to get them started.

 

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Kids Play Their Way to a Healthier Community Service Experience

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Community service for kids can take many forms, but perhaps the most fun way is to play their way through a community service project and get themselves and their community healthier in the process.

According to the American Heart Association, childhood obesity rates are at an all-time high: today, nearly one in three kids and teens in the United States are obese or overweight. We know that physical activity produces overall physical, psychological and social benefits, and that inactive children are likely to become inactive adults.

Kids helping other kids learn to maintain a healthy lifestyle is an extremely effective way to help kids make an impact in their community, build friendships, and learn about the importance of community service and philanthropy. There are several organizations currently working to encourage kids to get out and play in order to build and maintain a healthy lifestyle. These organizations also offer resources and opportunities to help you set up programs in your schools and communities

A couple of these are:

  • Plan a KaBoom Play Day. Kaboom is an organization that strives to have a great place to play within walking distance of every child. In addition, Kaboom offers the ability to plan and execute a play day. Their website says, “KaBOOM! Play Day is a celebration to advocate that play belongs for all kids, in all communities. A Play Day in your town will help build awareness for the importance of play, strengthen your community, and bring old-fashioned fun to your neighborhood!”
  • NFL Play 60 Challenge: I’m sure we have all seen a commercial or billboard for the NFL Play60 campaign. It has been an excellent way for the NFL and its players to get out in front of the public in an organized and consistent fashion. Play60 has teamed up with the American Heart Association to offer resources for you to do your own Play60 challenge in your school or community. Check out the website for some great materials.

These are just a few ideas, as as with any project it doesn’t have to be super formalized or over-planned. Just make sure you think of some ways to measure the success of your project, so you walk away with a tangible amount of benefit to the community. In this case, it could be as simple as number of kids that played for 60 minutes or total number of minutes played by all kids combined. The most important part is to have kids involved and energized when it comes to the inception, planning, and execution of the project. To apply for a grant to kick off your own play day in your community, click on the button below.

 

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Straw Free: Kids Community Service

500million straws used every day be straw free

Straw Free

The environment is something  that kids are often passionate about. It is always more fun and has a greater impact on kids when they work something that is tangible – something that affects them daily or is something that they can directly see the impact of.  Here at Start a Snowball, we think straws are something kids could get excited about.  Why?  Well, according to ecocycle.org, Americans use 500 million straws each day! That’s enough to fill up 46,400 school buses each year.

In 2011, a young man named Milo Cress (9 at the time) started the Be Straw Free Campaign. Together with members of the straw industry, restaurants and other businesses, schools, environmental groups, and concerned citizens, they are working to reduce the use and waste of disposable plastic straws.

Starting a straw free campaign in your community or school is a great project for a kid to take on if they want to make a lasting difference for the environment. Learn more about how you can get started on your own straw free campaign by visiting BeStrawFree.

There are so many ways to get kids involved in community service. It is important to find a project that speaks to them, that shows them a direct impact, and that can continue on long after their first project. Becoming straw free is a great way for kids to see their impact on a lasting basis, and to learn about helping the world around them. If you are interested in starting your own project, please click the button below to apply for a grant to get your project off the ground.

 

Some additional sites to visit to learn more about going straw free:

 

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Fighting Childhood Illiteracy: a great way for kids to share their love of reading

Kids can help fight illiteracy

Sometimes the best way to get kids to care is for them to notice problems that may be hiding in plain sight. Childhood hunger is something we have highlighted as a problem that could be facing someone sitting right next to you or your child in class. Something even more prevalent and affects 1 in 4 kids in the United States is childhood illiteracy.

  • According to UNICEF, “Nearly a billion people will enter the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names and two thirds of them are women.”
  • Begin To Read states that
    • 2/3 of children who cannot read by the end of the fourth grade will end up in jail or on welfare
    • One child in 4 grows up not being able to read

Not only is childhood illiteracy a problem that kids may see every day, but it is one where kids can make a big impact towards helping.

Firstbook.org is a non-profit organization that dedicated itself to changing the world through the power of children’s books. They do this by providing new books to children in need, and they seem to be doing a great job of it. As of the date this was written they have joined the fight against illiteracy by distributing over 110 million books to 90,000 schools and programs. They have more compelling data to back up their plight against illiteracy. With more than 30 million children living below the poverty level in the United States they have found that over 70% of the children they followed showed increased home literacy activities after receiving books from First Book.

All that being said First Book offers the ability to launch your own virtual book drive to raise money to buy books for impoverished kids, and you can even chose if you want it to be dedicated to your own community or wherever it is needed the most. This is an excellent way to harness your energy around a worthwhile cause and a platform already established.

First book is just one idea to help fight childhood illiteracy. There are many other things that can be done. You could volunteer with a local group that tutors disadvantaged kids, and help them directly. You could also start your own community book exchange, giving your community a way to rally around fighting illiteracy by donating their used books for others to take for free.

Childhood illiteracy is a huge problem facing the US as well as the world, and a great opportunity for kids community service. Please engage at some level with a project of any kind whether it is this cause or another. You have the choice to do nothing or to help. Please choose to help, click on the button below to apply for a $100 grant to help get your project off the ground.

 

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Childhood Hunger – A Cause Kids Can Get Behind

1 in 5 children are hungry

One of the biggest problems children face in America is hunger. According to nokidhungry.org, 1 in 5 American Children struggle with hunger. Just ask any public school teacher, and they will tell you that they see children come to school everyday that haven’t had enough to eat. For many children, the only regular meals they receive are breakfast and lunch provided at school. How can we expect the cycle of poverty to be broken when these children are hungry and learning takes a backseat to the emptiness of their stomachs?

Childhood hunger CAN BE HELPED, and its best advocates are children.  Many schools have programs in place to help these kids and their families the best they can, maybe it is a backpack program or a kids cafe. While these programs can have a huge impact on the children, they are reliant on donations or outside support to operate. If kids want to make an impact on their community this is a wonderful place for them to start. Even though these programs are confidential, the thought that the kid in the desk next to them may have no food can move a child to act. They can speak with their teacher or school counselor about what help their school’s program needs, and if they don’t have one, you can start one.

See Causes and Groups for Kids to Help for more ideas to help fight hunger.

You can also download our charity information form here to help your child gather what they need.

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Causes and Groups for Kids to Help

Community Service for kids can take many forms, and sometimes needs a little direction.

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Community Service for kids is an important part of their education. Sometimes kids know exactly the cause that they want to champion, while other times they have desire and drive and need suggestions on which direction to take it.

Here is a list of possible causes and examples of organizations that are taking on those challenges. The list is by no means complete, and we encourage you to look for local groups and organizations to partner with in addition to the ones listed here.

 

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Kids Community Service Project Ideas

Kids community Service Project Ideas

Kids Community Service Project Ideas

Our goal at Start A Snowball is to inspire kids to engage in doing good. We also offer grants to kids to help them get their projects off the ground, if you find a service project idea you like please visit our grants page to apply for a kids’ community service grant.

So many times kids want to get involved in service and philanthropy but they don’t know what to do. Here is a good list of kids service project ideas to use with your kids as you brainstorm ideas. Click on the categories below and be inspired. 

Community     Education (2)

Environment-AnimalsHealthcare (1)

How can kids fight hunger     Ideas to raise money

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You can also find stories about some of our grantees and their community service projects in our stories section.

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Children Giving for Their Birthday

Children Giving on Their Birthday

Birthday Community Service

Have a party with a purpose! You can find numerous stories across the internet about generous children turning their birthday into an event for giving. A birthday collection drive is a very easy yet powerful project to get children giving back.

  • You may already be planning a birthday party
  • It allows your child to make a conscious sacrifice in order to help others
  • It inspires others to do likewise
  • It feels better than any other present they could receive

This is a great first step to creating a lasting sense of philanthropy and to get your children giving. We would like to encourage kids to find a cause they are passionate about leading up to their birthday, and make their birthday a collection event.

Please share your birthday story with us to help inspire others.

Other Inspiring Philanthropy Stories

Check out these inspiring kids’ Philanthropy Stories

 

Anyone can change the world. Take a look at what these kids did when they started something to try to make a difference. Their philanthropy efforts SNOWBALLED into something huge!

 

11 year-old Olivia Bouler wrote a letter to the national Audubon Society, offering to sell her drawings to raise money for oil spill clean up in the Gulf of Mexico. She has done 150 illustrations and raised over $200,000!

 

When Cameron Cohen was 11 years old he spent the time he was recovering from surgery to write an iPhone app and donates a portion of his earnings to buy electronics for other hospitalized kids!

 

Phoebe Russell saw a homeless man begging for food, and decided to do something about it. She decided to ask people to bring in their cans to school and through recycling these cans she raised $3736.30 for the San Francisco Food bank 1 nickel at a time! This is the equivalent of 17800 hot meals.

 

 After his parents took him to “skid row” in Los Angeles to feed the homeless, 10 year old Jonas Corona wanted to do more. Since he was too young to volunteer in the shelters he started his own non-profit to help kids without food or shelter.

These are great examples of projects that started a snowball. Your project could do the same, but it does not have to be something that gets on the news, or that turns into your own non-profit. Think of your own project and go for it. You have the power to make an impact on your community. If you have an idea and want money for it click on the button below to apply for a grant. If you need help check out our cool tool to help you find some ideas. Any one can change the world you can too. All you have to do is get started.

 

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