Volunteer to Make a Difference

Contributor: Gloria Monahan. Lesson ID: 13035

Volunteers are everyday heroes of all ages who meet a need in their communities. Our communities need your unique gifts and talents to make them thrive. Volunteer to make a difference!


People and Their Environment, Practical Life Skills

Social Studies
learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Lion, Otter
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5), Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Shhh ..... Here's a little secret ... We have superheroes all around us! One could be your neighbor, your teacher, or even ...... your own parents!

They all go by the same name — they are called volunteers! Your superhero power is the power to care and the power to create the change in the world that you want to see! You can be the ONE — the one who cares enough to help!

  • What do you care enough about to help change in the world?

A big change starts with a little action.

Volunteers are doing amazing things all around the world and in our local communities. You might think that volunteering is only for adults, but that is very incorrect! Kids are amazing volunteers, and families can volunteer together. You don't have to worry about not knowing where to start. Being a great volunteer starts with kindness and wanting to do something kind for others. You and your family can easily come up with fun ways to volunteer. Remember that no act is too small!

Check out DGT™ Big-Hearted Kids - Doing Good Together™ to learn how some families spread kindness through volunteering:


Volunteering as a family is a fun way to discover the types of community service that inspire you the most. Remember to keep this in mind when you think about the importance of volunteering to help address issues in your own community:

Dr. Seuss quote

  • What does kindness mean to you?
  • Do you have any ideas of ways that you can volunteer?

Don't worry if you don't have your own ideas yet. Take a look at this list of 50 Kid Friendly Volunteering Ideas from SignUpGenius to get excited about creative ways to show kindness through volunteering.

girl volunteering

Do not make the mistake of thinking that only adults are needed to serve as volunteers. There are so many issues in the world that need our help. People of all ages can make a difference in their communities. A 7-year-old started a recycling business, a 5-year-old collected socks for homeless people, and the list continues.

  • The best part about volunteering is that you can use your unique gifts to spread joy and help others.

Maybe you are a craft expert, super artistic, a beautiful singer, great with animals, an excellent cook — the list can go on and on.

Start thinking about what you love to do. Then, take it a step further and think about how that talent spreads joy to others!

Watch How to Choose a LeadASAP Project from Youth Service America to learn more about the first steps toward becoming a volunteer and deciding on service projects.


Throughout this lesson, take some time to think about your unique talents or even discuss them with a family member or teacher. Now that you recognize identifying your spark and passion are important parts of finding the volunteer roles that fit your personality, it is time to dig even deeper!

Print the Youth Service America's GYSD Spark Fire ASAP worksheet. Then, complete the activities to identify your spark and choose a community cause that matters to you! This activity would be perfect to complete with your family, so you can discuss your special talents and the potential volunteer service projects that would work best for your personality and skills. You will have an opportunity to choose a cause, identify your passions, and create an action plan to put it all together. Be sure to answer the questions at the end to see if you feel ready to commit to your chosen project.

Volunteering is a commitment, so it is important to choose a project that you and your family can reasonably commit to. Some volunteers choose to start with a one-time service project to see how they like volunteering. If you and your family decide to try out a volunteer project, you may realize that you want to volunteer more regularly.

Regardless of the time that you choose to dedicate to volunteerism, you will learn more about yourself throughout the process. Some volunteer projects might be a better fit than others, but going through this exploration process is all part of the fun.

Now that you have a better understanding of your own personal motivations for volunteering and a great idea for a service project, you can move on to the Got It? section.

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