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7 Simple Ways You Can Make the World a Better Place

July 7, 2017 at 7:20 AM • Posted in Mom Fun, Mom ResourcesComments Off on 7 Simple Ways You Can Make the World a Better Place

We often talk, in my household, about ways that we can work to make the world a better place, even if it’s just our little corner of it and summertime provides the ideal opportunity to do something meaningful with the extra time on your hands. Our post today comes from Brigette, of our iFamilyKC Mom Squad team, and is full of great ideas for small things you and your family can do to make a difference today. Take a look…

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7 Simple Ways You Can Make The World A Better Place

A lot of times, people feel that the only time to give back is during the holidays or when it’s those cold and rainy months. But the truth is, we can always give back! There are so many ways that we can give back to our family, friends and community, all it takes is an idea, a plan, and action.

Outside of winter, summertime may be the most crucial time to give back! It is so hot, there are barely any shady spots, and you know Kansas City… it is humid! Giving back isn’t just for those suffering from being in the heat all day, there are those that won’t be able to experience it at all.

So if you and your family are wanting to give back this summer, here are a few ideas that don’t cost a lot of money or time, but can make a huge impact!

1. Water

Passing out water to those in need is a great way to help them combat the heat. You can keep a pack of water in your car whenever you are commuting to work, play groups and the park. Or if you can’t keep water in your car, you can plan a day to drive around your area with a cooler full of cold water and dedicate an hour or so to passing out ice cold water.

2. Carrying Groceries

A lot of times when our elders or those that are not physically able to carry heavy items go to the store, a paper boy or girl will help them carry their items to their car. But what about when they get home? Asking friends or relatives if you can help them shop and put away groceries is a simple way that your family of all ages can help with. All it takes is a phone call.

3. Card Kits

Since we home school, I am always looking for ways we can volunteer. A few months ago, I contacted Children’s Mercy Hospital and they shared with me an awesome way to give back! Card kits are simply a bag filled with paper, stickers, crayons, markers or any other items you would want to decorate a card with. A lot of times these kiddos don’t get spend time with their loved ones for special events or holidays. They said the kiddos loved receiving card kits!

4. Babysitting

We all know that mom or dad who is constantly working, planning playgroups or volunteering their time. And sometimes they forget to take time for themselves. So why not give back by watching their kids for a few hours so they could relax! If you have older kids, they could also volunteer to babysit. This would also be a great way for them to prove how responsible they are and potentially turn into a lucrative job.

5. Care Packs

Like passing out water, there are other things that are so crucial to those in need. Care packs are small bags filled with daily necessities. Items like a toothbrush and tooth paste, nonperishable snacks, soap and rags are perfect items to help those out daily. The dollar tree even carries ones that expand with water! They start out as a small ball or odd shape, but once water hits them, they expand to a full washcloth.

6. Housework

Another way to give back is by simply helping around the house. Sometimes people are not able to take care of small tasks throughout their home. So helping them with small tasks will surely take a load off of them.

7.  Time

Out of all these ideas, the best way to give back is just time. The most impactful way to give back is just giving a little time to those in need. I hope these ideas will help you and your family brainstorm on how you can give back this summer.

From iFamily to Yours,

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Back to School Tips: How to Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

August 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Mom ResourcesComments Off on Back to School Tips: How to Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

Howdy, Kansas City! School is back in full swing for most of us, and some of you parents may be looking for ways to continue connecting with your kiddos during the school year. Why not follow our Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin’s advice and volunteer at their school? Below she gives us a few ideas to get started. Check it out!

Back to School Tips: How to Volunteer in Your Child's Classroom

Back to School Tips:
How to Volunteer in Your Child’s Classroom

 

Last year my daughter started Kindergarten. I was SO excited for her that I wanted to sit next to her in class all day long. However, that was pretty unrealistic! The next best thing was to sign up to volunteer in her school. I thought I’d share with you some ideas on how you can get involved in your child’s school. Your child will love seeing you around school. Being hands on shows them how important their education is to you. You will also benefit from getting involved because you can truly get a feel for the school’s dynamics, as well as see firsthand how things are done in your child’s classroom.

 

Join the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association)

I joined the PTA last year and they had regular meetings in the evenings that were convenient for my schedule. They also had a Facebook group that was very helpful to find out events and things going on at my child’s school

Volunteer in the classroom, library or on field trips

The school is always needing help with small groups of students, testing skills, or even just stuffing the cubbies with notes to go home. I had the opportunity to be heavily involved every week in the classroom, with field trips, and was the lead for the school parties. Even if you work full time and can take off a few hours in the afternoon to help with a party or donate something, every little bit helps!

Connect to your school’s website and social media outlets

Some schools might even have their own app to download with tons of information from lunch menus to calendars. My child’s teacher has a Twitter account and I am looking forward to seeing pictures and updates online.

 

Try to attend

Back to school night, open house, parent teacher conferences, music performances and any other meetings offered to parents.

 

 

If you are interested in working directly with students, check with your child’s school first. They may require some additional training before interacting with students. I found that getting directly involved with my child’s class and school was so incredibly rewarding! I got to know her teacher and classmates so well and seeing their faces light up when I came every week really made me feel like I was making a difference in a small part of this world.

 

What are some ways you have gotten involved with your child’s school? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

From iFamily to Yours,
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The Importance Of Giving Back: 5 Ways To Make a Difference

June 30, 2016 at 10:24 AM • Posted in Educational Fun for Kids, Mom ResourcesComments Off on The Importance Of Giving Back: 5 Ways To Make a Difference

Good Morning, Kansas City!

As the parent of a five year old, I am constantly in search of new ways I can teach my daughter about this fascinating world we’re living in. Like you, I understand the importance of giving back to others and want to instill that same desire to make a difference in my own children. Today, we’re teaming up with our friends at Children’s Mercy, who recently launched the Small Change – Big Difference giving campaign, to provide you with five easy ways your family can give back to our community. Take a look …

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5 Easy Ways to Make a Difference

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#1 Be Giving Of Your Time

Volunteerism has always been an important part of my life and I’m so thrilled it’s something my daughter has taken an interest in as well. There is no shortage of opportunity to give of your time here in the metro area and there are many organizations you can give back to that will directly impact your neighbors. Here are three ways our family likes to give back right here in the metro:

  • Hospitals – There are many ways high school and college students as well as adults here in the metro area can volunteer time at Children’s Mercy, but one of my personal favorites is the opportunity to host a Wednesday Night Live, where you and eight or nine of your friends can get together and provide entertainment for CMH patients.
  • Diaper Bank – Diapering children is expensive and it’s a need that isn’t covered by social programs, leaving families with the out of pocket expense these babies simply cannot go without. Our local diaper bank in Lenexa collects, sorts, and distributes diapers to groups that directly impact families.
  • Food Bank – There are several opportunities for volunteering in the warehouse of our local food bank that collects non-perishable items to distribute to families in need. You can spend time organizing, sorting, and packaging items that will go out into the community.

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#2 Be Giving Of Your Things

My husband and I sometimes joke that our daughter is a hoarder. Her things are everywhere and, simply put, she just has too much stuff. So anytime she wants something new (which, thankfully, isn’t that frequent), we have her select seven to ten things she wants to donate to others in exchange for the one new item. Not only does this help us keep the clutter at bay, it also benefits the community as well. You can donate your unwanted wearable items, small appliances and electronics to organizations that own and operate local thrift shops in the area and make a difference simply by decluttering your home.

If you’ve got the extra time to spare and are feeling up to the task, one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted or unneeded items is to host a garage sale. The extra income gives you the opportunity to make a difference right here at home. By donating some or all of the money collected from your garage sale to an organization like Children’s Mercy, you can directly impact children here in KC.

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#3 Be Giving During Your Occasion

As parents with young children, there always seems to be an occasion where we’re either giving or receiving gifts. Ask your friends and family to donate or give items in your honor at your next event. Here are a few ideas:

  • Birthday parties are a great time to collect new toys, books, and games for organizations that impact kids in need. Children’s Mercy Hospital accepts brand new items year round for patients staying at the hospital and your family will have the opportunity to help support an incredible cause you can feel good about. Stay tuned for an exciting new program that Children’s Mercy is launching later this summer to make giving back at birthday parties even more fun.
  • Baby showers are another great opportunity to help give back to the community. Ask guests to bring an extra package of diapers, wipes or other baby items to donate to a local shelter that will help support local women and children here in Kansas City.
  • Holiday Meals provide the ideal time to ask friends and family to bring non-perishable pantry items to donate to a local organization or shelter that will directly impact the community. Larger organizations have boxes and barrels you can pick up, fill and bring back making the process very easy.

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#4 Be Giving Of Your Night Out

Date nights are such an important part of maintaining a healthy marriage when you’re parenting, and attending special events and fundraisers not only provides you with a fun evening out with your significant other but also makes a difference in our local community. Be giving of your nights out by attending special activities around the metro supporting incredible organizations around town. Children’s Mercy, in addition to their ongoing community activities and fundraisers, hosts two major events each year that you can get involved with, like their annual Red Hot Night and Big Slick Fundraiser.

 

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#5 Be Giving Of Your Change

When I was growing up, like many of you I suspect, my family had a large glass jar we collected spare change in throughout the years. Over time, that jar became too heavy to carry and it was a great reminder that the small change we were giving each day added up over time.

Children’s Mercy just launched a new fundraiser that applies the same logic to your giving. The Small Change – Big Difference campaign encourages families to collect their change, that really adds up over time in adorable Children’s Mercy piggy banks. Purchase your piggy bank today to make a major and lasting impact on the hospital.

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If we all do what we can, with what we have, we can make a huge difference in our little corner of the world. iFamilyKC is proud to partner with Children’s Mercy to bring you inspiring content, tips and tricks, and helpful resources. Purchase your Small Change – Big Difference piggy bank today for only $35 and start your family’s contribution. Check out the Children’s Mercy website for more information on this program as well as some tips for families wanting to give back. Everything you do makes a difference!

We want to hear from you!

Tell us how your family loves to give back by sharing on your Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Be sure to use the hashtag #smallchange  so we can follow along!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli

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