1. Take a child to a zoo, museum, or amusement park.
2. Volunteer to be a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child
from a single-parent family.
3. Provide children with opportunities for diversity;
let them interact with kids who have disabilities, or
are of different religious, racial, or ethnic backgrounds.
4. Help them establish goals for their studies, careers,
and lives in general.
5. Instill in them belief and pride in their own capabilities.
6. Invite single parents and their children to attend
your club's family-oriented activities.
7. Be a good listener whenever you talk with a child
so that they feel heard and worthy of your attention.
8. Offer to babysit for your single-parent relatives
9. Read to children often.
10. Take a child outside and show them the wonders to
be found in a patch of grass, garden, or yard.
ll. Teach children a skill they will have for a lifetime,
such as drawing, swimming, or dancing.
12. Arrange for local churches, schools, and other facilities
to serve as shelters for homeless children and their families
when not in use.
13. Help instill in children the concept of service to
others by taking them on a field trip to a Rotary club
service project, such as an orphanage, soup kitchen, nursing
14. Help establish a quality day-care program for children
of single, low-income parents who work or are looking
15. Help impoverished city children broaden their perspective
and enrich their lives by taking them for a day in the
country, highlighting activities such as hiking, swimming,
fishing, or canoeing.
16. Sponsor a career day at a school in an impoverished
area. Invite children who express an interest to accompany
Rotarians to their workplaces for part of a day.
17. Tell your children you love them at least once a
day, every day.
18. When you put your child to bed at night, say at least
one thing about them that made you proud that day and
stress that they should be proud of themselves.
19. Help a child start a collection of something--postage
stamps, coins, books--to develop an interest and provide
a recreational focus.
20. Take a disadvantaged child out for a special day
and let the child pick where to eat and what activity
21. Form a music band in which all the children are "stars."
22. Bring musicians, clowns, or magicians to a hospital
23. Be a good role model. Treat others with dignity and
respect and expect children to act the same.
24. Spend less at the holidays on self and family and
"adopt" a needy child or family instead.
25. Take children to a nearby forest or nature preserve
and teach them about ecological diversity.
26. Provide a day-care scholarship to assist a working
27. Provide children with disabilities experiences they
usually can't participate in, such as horseback riding
28. Buy new shoes for children who are economically disadvantaged.
29. Arrange for free medical checkups for children.
30. Establish a resource center where child welfare agencies
can obtain diapers, soap, and other necessities.
31. Arrange for children to have identification cards
and photos in case they are lost or kidnaped.
32. Adopt a local orphanage and visit the children regularly.
33. Hold an arts festival for children, in which participants
can paint, draw, sculpt, and play music.
34. Sponsor a childhood immunization campaign.
35. Recognize and honor an organization that works with
36. Promote family and child-friendly policies for employees
in your workplace.
37. Establish a car-seat lending/rental center for families
who do not own a car but occasionally need a car-seat
for their children to ride in a taxi or a friend's car.
38. Work with children living in homeless or battered
women's shelters. Visit them, play with them, and read
39. Hold a holiday party for homeless children.
40. Donate air miles for youngsters to visit their grandparents.
41. Donate money for a needy child to participate on
a sports team or learn to play a musical instrument.
42. Make a wish come true for a terminally ill child.
43. Always purchase goods and services that children
are selling for a fund raising project.
44. Spend time laughing with children; laughter is a
45. Provide vocational training opportunities to poor
46. Assist children whose parents are HIV positive or
who have AIDS.
47. Provide milk, vitamins, and protein supplements to
public assistance agencies.
48. Establish "toy libraries" in nurseries,
orphanages, and hospitals for visiting children.
49. Produce and distribute booklets on life-skills topics
such as shopping, money management, civic responsibility,
health and hygiene, parenting, and the dangers of drugs.
50. Identify children with special medical needs, enlist
the pro bono services of medical specialists, and sponsor
children so their needs are handled free of charge.
51. Provide funding and transportation so that low-income
women can receive prenatal care.
52. Provide "first-day-of-school' packages for low
income young people that include basic school supplies,
new underwear, socks, shoes, or other appropriate items.
53. Provide art supplies or music lessons for a young
person who shows promise but cannot afford to develop
his or her talent.
54. Donate unwanted clothes, books, and toys to a shelter
for abused women and children.
55. Pay school fees for promising low-income youths to
attend specialized schools where their unique talents
and strengths can be fostered and developed.
56. Volunteer to work and play with infants and children
in the foster care system.
57. Donate tickets to plays, concerts, and movies to
schools in low income areas to foster an interest in the
58. Collect or donate items to be used in craft projects
to nonprofit day-care provider or elementary schools.
59. Teach children the virtues of tolerance, compassion,
mercy, and forgiveness.
60. Develop after school programs to help youngsters
with homework or just to enjoy playtime-- especially if
they are from high-crime areas.
61. Organize a "big buddies" program in which
high school seniors are paired with learning disabled
students for activities and outings.
62. Organize nutrition classes for pregnant teens and
teenage mothers of infants.
63. Be a volunteer tutor to disadvantaged urban children.
64. Donate book to children's libraries.
65. Hug your children every day.
66. Support programs that counsel child victims of rape
and incest so they can receive the care they need before
developing into troubled adults.
67. Create a pal internship program at your business
or place of work to encourage future generations to follow
in your footsteps.
68. Encourage young entrepreneurs to develop their own
businesses by providing them a small loan. for startup
69. Counsel juveniles who have been, arrested for vandalism
or writing graffiti and introduce them to legal, healthy,
and creative outlets.
70. Volunteer at a crisis counseling center or hotline
for runaway or troubled teens.
71. Donate computers and provide classes in computer
skills to the students at low-income area schools.
72. Sponsor a "friendship and understanding camp"
to bring together children of different ethnic, religious,
and racial backgrounds.
73. Offer to coach your local children's sports team.
74. Volunteer a few hours a week in the nursery of your
local church, YMCA, YWCA, or gym.
75. If you have a special skill, share it with children
by teaching a class at a local community center.
76. Support mothers. Mothers invariably pass on knowledge
and give their children the benefits of improved healthcare
practices, literacy and numeracy, and leadership skills.
77. Give a child a tape recorder, sketch book, camera,
or a musical instrument and encourage them to develop
78. Challenge a low achiever to work for good grades
by providing incentives.
79. Smile at children that you see in line at the grocery
store, shopping mall, or on the street.
80. Volunteer on weekends at a child-oriented service
81. Establish a food pantry for street children or a
meal delivery program for financially stressed families.
82. Provide "safe homes" or havens for children
83. Be a volunteer tutor.
84. Become a mentor to a child and stay in touch as he
or she grows up.
85. Start a pet program for children with mental disabilities
or who suffer from abuse to help them learn to care for
another living creature.
86. Teach children how to make a kite and then take them
out to fly it.
87. Take economically advantaged children to deliver
meals to the poor so they can learn about poverty and
88. Provide opportunities for interaction between children
and the elderly so that both groups can learn to communicate
89. Teach children simple life skills such as how to
make a sandwich, fry an egg, make a bed, or clean the
90. Give children an allowance to teach them how to manage
91. Ask a child for his or her opinion.
92. Share stories from your life with a child.
93. Make up stories for children, allowing them to participate
in the development of a plot.
94. Donate your own children's old eyeglasses to an organization
that will distribute them to the needy.
95. Volunteer to host a student from another country.
96. Contact a local center for homeless or foster children
and volunteer to sponsor a party or an outing.
97. Sponsor a classroom pet for the local school by paying
for all of its expenses.
98. Teach basic hygiene to children at the elementary
99. Volunteer to hold babies at a local hospital or orphanage
so that they get the proper attention and human contact
100. Become part of a literacy volunteer program and
teach a child to read.