Friday, July 22, 2011

Beat the Heat While Making a Difference

Are you and your kids wilting in the heat and a little bored to boot? You could take refuge in the air conditioned movie theater, take a stroll through the mall, or chill on a bean bag at the library.

However, if you are looking for something to do to that both gets you out of the heat and helps make a difference, you've come to the right place! Here are five great make-a-difference ideas that may have staying power even after the heat has gone:

1) Visit a senior home. Many residents love to have kids read to them (great reading practice), do crafts with them, or just generally take the time to talk with them about anything! Or how about lugging over the laptop and helping a senior set up a Facebook page!

2) Staples For Students. Go to an air-conditioned apartment complex and collect school supplies for students in need. Then, drop collections off at your local Staples store.

3) Volunteer at a soup kitchen. When it heats up outside, people increasingly head to shelters for relief. One soup kitchen in Illinois has volunteers collect and distribute water bottles to those in need of relief.

4) Visit kids in the hospital. Play your favorite game (Jenga or Scrabble anyone?), share some good books, teach a craft like origami, or take your buddy for a walk around the floors.

5) Volunteer at an animal shelter. Unfortunately, summer months are hard on animals just like humans. Animals shelters often see an increase in unwanted animals over the summer months. And, shelters are always in need of volunteers to walk and play with the residents. Check with your local shelter, as they may allow you to walk in to volunteer, or you may need to take some training first.

So, no excuses! If you are succumbing to the heat and the kids are begging to do something fun, get out there and check out the many great opportunities to beat the heat while doing good!

What suggestions do you have for doing good while beating the heat?


  1. These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing them. We have not had warm weather here in NW Washington for most of this month. While the rest of the country is scorching, we are 10 degrees too cold! Today it finally got to the mid-70s and everyone was enjoying it!

    I am visiting from the Alexa hop. It is nice to "meet" you. I hope you enjoy your Sunday!

    Come visit and say "hi" anytime - LaVonne @ Long Wait For Isabella

  2. What wonderful ideas!! And I love that you suggest getting kids involved ... it becomes a lesson in generosity and caring. Typically when we think of staying cool, we are totally about ourselves. These ideas take us out of ourselves and offer ways to not only stay cool but to really make a difference ... for us and for others.

    I'm including this post in the Change The World Wednesday wrap up of our last challenge. It'll go up tomorrow. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  3. @Small Footprints
    Thanks for reading and for sharing. I did a short podcast on the real reason for learning is to make a difference. You can check that out at!

    I took part in last week's challenge for energy reduction at RF. I think I did ok! Be well, Kelleigh