Pennies of Time is an organization** developed to show that kids can serve others.
On this site, you will find examples of REAL kids doing REAL service. From acts of kindness that take a moment to complete to service projects that can be done in several 15-20 minute increments, these ideas are intended to help families and organizations provide opportunities to teach kids to serve others in their community.
**Pennies of Time is an established 501(c)(3) organization entirely run by unpaid volunteers.
“Sheila, I called our local homeless shelter and they said that kids can’t help them. What do I do?”
Many parents and community volunteers have contacted us and said that nonprofits don’t want to work with kids. It really isn’t that nonprofits do not see the value of community service done by kids. It is the fact that the organization doesn’t know how to harness and structure kid power or the organization is so stretched in the first place that thinking of kids helping is overwhelming.
In Response to That
We might be tempted to do nothing and give the excuse that no one wants our help. Or, we can seek out ideas to do as a family, even take a couple of these ideas to those same nonprofits and share ideas in an effort to brainstorm ways that families can help, kids can help.
Let’s Take 15 Minutes
The intent of Pennies of Time intent is to accomplish something in 15 minutes. Ideas are structured around that timeframe with Acts of Kindness being the most often completed in 15 minutes. If it takes longer than 15 minutes, then it becomes a Service Project, where the work will be done in several 15 increments.
So, let’s get to it. There are hundreds of ideas here that have been completed by real kids. To find the ideas that would be best for your kids, see how Pennies of Time is organized through the menu.
How Is This Site Organized?
Looking for a Service Project?
The Service Project tab has drop a down list dedicated to ideas that will take several sessions of 15 minute work. This tab is great for someone who is looking to help a particular population but is open to a variety of ideas to consider.
For this tab, choose between:
Service Projects for Kids (these projects would be very easy for a scout or church group to organize for a group service project)
By population that needs help like the homeless or a loved one with a chronic condition.
Want to help someone you know that has cancer? Select Help Those with Cancer from the drop down menu.
Acts of Kindness are great for the “quicker” experience.
When teaching young children, in particular, it is helpful to have many short experiences in being kind to others, helping others. Acts of Kindness are great for that! Most can be done in 15-20 minutes.
At Home or In the Neighborhood?
Additionally, it is here that you can choose between doing something out in the neighborhood or at home. When teaching kids to serve, sometimes you just need a simple idea to do on a rainy day or within the safety of your home. This tab will help you get straight to the right spot.
Free or Under 10?
Resources, or a lack of resources, should NOT keep us from teaching our kids to serve. These Free or Under $10 will help you quickly get to one that meets your budget’s needs. Of course, you can spend $100s of dollars on any project, but there is np no need to do so. These ideas are intended to be done frequently. Because of that, they need to be inexpensive.
If you are a parent, this is for YOU! Family time is important. It is the goal of Pennies of Time to provide resources to families so that families complete acts of kindness and service projects as often as they do other things together like go to the movies, soccer games, or take kids on other outings.
This is where you can quickly access:
- Tips for serving with kids
- Acts of kindness in the family
- Parenting focused articles
- Birthday Acts of Kindness and Parties
- Any programming provided by Pennies of Time
Make sure you check out the upcoming Family Kindness Adventure Program.
If reading books is more your speed right now when it comes to teaching your kids about helping, then Children’s Books on Kindness, Service, and Compassion is just right for you.
Children’s Book Section
Books are also a great way to show children examples of kindness and build awareness of a particular need in the community. Often times, it is easier to learn about a situation by talking about it through a story. This section provides tips for using children’s books to teach kids to serve and has a gallery of our favorite books to use. Each book showcased in the gallery has been utilized multiple times . . . no ‘one time’ use book in the list.
When in Doubt, Use the Search Feature
Have a specific type of project you want to complete? Then just go straight to the “search bar” for the site. It is also listed at the bottom of each article as well.
We founded that by deliberately teaching our kids to serve with acts of kindness and service projects, that . . .
The family is happier
Children are more giving
Entitlement is kept at bay
And the memories made are becoming the most meaningful and cherished that a child and parent can share.