Volunteer Opportunities for Families in Charlotte

Volunteering as a family with one of Charlotte’s many nonprofits is a great way to get to know the city and its people.
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Children help sort canned goods at Loaves & Fishes.

Whether new to Charlotte or just looking to invest in your home city, volunteering as a family with one of Charlotte’s many nonprofits is a great way to get to know the city and its people. If you’re unsure where to start, try these on for size.

For the Athletic Family

Put all your energy to good use. In addition to the many 5Ks hosted by different organizations, your family can volunteer to lead a run group with RunningWorks, which works to improve the health, wellness and overall quality of life for Charlotte’s homeless neighbors. Ages 13 and older.

For the Family That Loves Animals

Do you have furry family members that you love as much as the two-legged members? The Humane Society of Charlotte needs volunteers to feed breakfast to dogs and cats in the shelter, and clean and sanitize kennels. Ages 5 and older.

Cats and dogs aren’t your jam? Consider working with horses. Shining Hope Farms provides horse therapy and welcomes volunteers to work in the barn grooming the horses, filling water buckets, mucking out stalls, tacking horses and sweeping. Ages 13 and older.

For the Foodie Family

Loaves & Fishes provides a week’s worth of groceries to Charlotte families in need. Groups of up to 15 people are needed to work in the warehouse to sort food and grocery items, as well as a variety of other activities. Ages 10 and older.

Grab your entire family and your neighbors and serve breakfast or lunch at Crisis Assistance Ministry. Volunteers provide food and beverages for customers in line in the morning or in the lobby awaiting critical support services. All ages.

For the Family That Loves the Outdoors

Volunteer at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Belmont, North Carolina. Small groups are needed to help in the gardens and learn about horticulture while having fun outdoors. All ages.

For the Family that Loves to Read

Promising Pages volunteers work to help get books in the hands of children who don't have easy access to a library of their own at home.

Photo courtesy of Promising Pages

Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Promising Pages collects and distributes 100,000-plus upcycled books per year. Volunteers are needed throughout the year to count, clean, stamp and sort book donations. Ages 6 and older.

Your family can also organize a book drive for Classroom Central, which provides books and school supplies for students without access. All ages.

For the Family That Lives Far From Grandparents

Friendship Trays, Charlotte’s Meals on Wheels program, delivers balanced meals to those who cannot get out due to age or disability. Pack up the minivan and help deliver meals. All ages.

For more ways to volunteer in Charlotte, visit sharecharlotte.org. Addie Rising lives in Charlotte with her husband, two daughters and one son, and  is the content and communications director for SHARE Charlotte.