Are you looking for ways to get the entire family involved in the community? There are so many great charities and family friendly volunteer opportunities available in the Phoenix area that it would be impossible to list them all. Some, however, serve a greater purpose, or have more of a demand for volunteers. From feeding the hungry to putting a smile on a child’s face, families are needed all over the Phoenix Valley to volunteer in order to make a difference.
St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance
St. Mary’s Food Bank is the largest food bank in Arizona, and quite possibly the most important charity in the state. Last year they provided enough food into the community to provide 300,000 meals per day. Throughout the year volunteers are needed to sort and pack the food donations to go out to branches, other non-profits, and families in crisis. Volunteers are also needed to host food drives, be emergency food packers, and more. Children 12 and over are welcome to volunteer in the company of an adult.
Weedwackers with the City of Phoenix
Parents and kids 16 and over can help preserve the natural ecosystems of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve by pulling on their gardening gloves and grabbing some weeding tools. Buffelgrass, and other drought-resistant invasive species, threaten native flora, and presents a fire hazard these areas wouldn’t normal have. More and more “Weedwackers” are constantly needed to help combat the problem. Volunteers are organized into groups that go out on schedules to do the work.
Arizona Basset Hound Rescue
Become a foster family for a hound in need. Arizona Basset hound Rescue is an all volunteer organization with no physical location. Unlike shelters, ABHR fosters dogs in individual homes while they await adoption. Fostering isn’t the only area in which they need volunteers, however. Drivers and fundraising volunteers are also needed to help keep this organization successful.
Family Meal Service at St. Vincent de Paul, Phoenix
Help feed the homeless families of Phoenix. You have to be at least 18 to work in the kitchen, but volunteers as young as 10 can work in the dining room when accompanied by a parent. The Family Meal Service is ongoing, with scheduled meals happening every Monday at 6:30pm. Don’t just show up, however. Contact the service coordinator to sign up for a shift, and to find out what other volunteer opportunities are available for your family.
Kid Connection at the Watkins Shelter
The first Wednesday of every month the Watkins Shelter in Phoenix hosts Kid Connection, an ongoing event designed to help families reach out to the homeless families and children in the Phoenix area through reading, arts, and games. This is a particularly good volunteer opportunity for families with younger children since the minimum age to volunteer is 6, when accompanied with a parent or guardian. Volunteers can sign up or find out more information through
To find out more about these and other great family friendly volunteer opportunities in Phoenix check out the links provided, or go to HandsOnPhoenix.org.