School is out, and the kids are home for the summer.

After the first few weeks of freedom, the summer doldrums set in. Daytime TV becomes boring, and playing outside gets too hot. Volunteering is the perfect way to beat the heat while giving back to the community. As Volunteer Coordinator Kimberly Deardorff says, “What is better than families helping families?”

While it can sometimes be challenging to find volunteer opportunities for the whole family, Emergency Infant Services (EIS) has something for all ages. Families can help package diapers or baby food, help stock the boutique, or sort donations of clothing, toys, and other baby items. It serves as a great bonding opportunity because “families can serve together and at different times,”   says Kimberly.

Volunteer Sarah and her daughter Sofia have been volunteering at EIS together for close to two years. They enjoy spending time together and seeing the impact of their work.

“We’ve always had the best talks when standing in the little closet/sorting area going through clothes,” Sarah said, “but our favorite memory would be the day we dropped off some blankets Sofia and I had made together.  We went in and dropped them off at the counter and headed back to the car.  As we were leaving the parking lot Sofia glanced over and saw a mom and her precious tiny baby were leaving and one of Sofia’s blankets tucked around her feet!  I can’t tell you how delighted we were to see that!”

Laurie and daughter Bailey have been volunteering at EIS for three years.

There are time slots available for most schedules, depending on what the volunteer wants to do.

“Thursdays are always good. Third Saturdays from 9 am – noon are great for families, but please confirm. Second Mondays 6:30-8:30 pm are available. Afternoons (M-Thurs) are great for downtown. Mornings are good for either location. The day depends what they want to do and which location,” according to Kimberly.

As a bonus, there are great developmental benefits for children who volunteer. Starting volunteering early has lifelong benefits. Kids will gain leadership skills and an understanding of the world and children, and “youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, and vote.”

If your child or family is interested in volunteering this summer, please contact Kimberly Deardorff at Kimberly@eistulsa.org  or call her at 918-582-2469.

 

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