There are several ways and many opportunities to help children. There can be a donation of time to directly help a child in need. If a person willing to help has skills such as carpentry, then they could help in that capacity. If a person wants to help but is short on time, a monetary donation could be the right choice.
The next step when deciding to help children is to choose a venue or organization with which to help. One possible place to volunteer time is at a public school or day care. Schools need chaperones, crossing guards, or someone to help with various fundraising functions such as bake sales. There are also organizations, like Big Brothers or Big Sisters that need adults to act as mentors to children. A background check may be required before volunteering. Still another way to volunteer time to help children is to act as a tutor; a neighborhood child or a young relative may need help with school.
Another way to help children is to donate skill. A talented musician may be able to teach a child about different instruments. Someone who is handy with carpentry skills may be able to help build a tree house or other play structure. If there is a child who needs to use a wheelchair in the neighborhood, a carpenter could help to build ramps for easy accessibility. Emergency officers, such police and firefighters could teach kids about being safe and how to plan for emergencies in school or at home. If a person is talented in knitting or crocheting, local hospitals welcome hats for newborns.
Money is another way to help children. There are several organizations, such as Feed the Children, where cash donations are used to purchase food for people who do not have enough. There are associations to help feed children domestically or around the world. There are also places where money can be donated towards plastic surgery for a child who was born with an operable birth defect. These organizations, such as the Cleft Palate Foundation, take contributions on their website.
Helping children in need takes time, money, or skills. Depending on what someone has to give, there are plenty of opportunities to lend a hand.