November Kids Volunteer Page

Silver Spring Cares

Fall is one of the most exciting seasons. There are so many ways to give back as the weather gets cooler and we enter in a season of gratitude and being thankful!  How can you and your family help this fall season? Crack open an apple cider and check out some ideas below!

Organize a Flag/Touch Football Tournament

Fall may start with “F” but everyone knows another amazing “F-word” is FOOTBALL!! ‘Tis the season for touchdowns and lazy Sundays. How about organizing a fun football afternoon for your neighborhood? Have a tournament and also competitions for longest kick or throw! How do you get started?

  1. Pick a location – a neighborhood park or a school with a field should do!
  2. Make flyers about your tournament and post on a community/neighborhood listserve
  3. Charge an entrance fee for players and competitors
  4. Get some small prizes for the winners
  5. Enjoy the fun day
  6. Donate proceeds to your favorite local organization


Halloween Candy Buy Back Programs

Are your parents giving you a hard time about pigging out on all that candy you earned on Halloween? Are there some kinds you won’t even like? Well…there are several local dentists/orthodontists that have a candy buy back program.  This is a fantastic way to give back for something you love doing (trick-or-treating) and avoid cavities!

How does it work?

  1. Pick an organization locally you’d like to support – bonus if it’s a SSC partner organization!
  2. Check out the listings HERE for where to drop your candy!
  3. Donate your candy to your local drop-off
  4. Get money for your candy
  5. Donate your money to the organization of your choice!

*The candy is often donated to Veteran’s organization and Troops abroad!


Leaf-Raking for a Cause!

Do you love the fall weather? Do you love helping neighbors and donating to a local cause? Organize a leaf-raking drive! Gather up friends, rakes, leaf-blowers and get to work! Make flyers, post on a list serve or do door to door to neighbors and friends in these next few weeks as the leaves start to fall! Be sure to check out leaf collections so you can time it for pick-up! Set a price per yard or go by donation – tally up your earnings and voila – a donation that doubly gave back to our Silver Spring neighbors.

Canned Food Drive

The holiday time is a good time to think of others that might have less. Collecting canned and other non-perishable items as well as funds to donate to a food bank for them to purchase will be a fundraiser welcomed by many.

  1. Make signs or post on the list

Need some INSPIRATION? What sort of fun holidays are coming up to get your creative juices flowing? Here’s a small list of the coming months!

November is: Native American Heritage Month & National Diabetes Awareness Month & National Adoption Awareness Month

November 8th — Cook Something Bold Day

November 13th – World Kindness Day

November 15th – World Philanthropy Day

November 20th — Universal Children’s Day

November 28th — French Toast Day


Send us your pictures and let us know how you served our community this month. We love hearing from you!

For more ideas, suggestions or to share your experience, email