Habitat for Humanity (habitat.org) is a nonprofit organization that builds affordable houses for low-income families. Since 1976, more than 350,000 houses worldwide have been built by volunteers, providing about 1.75 million people with shelter, according to HFH. There are HFH affiliates in all 50 states. These affiliates are constantly in need of committed groups of volunteers to build homes. Identify volunteering needs in your community or state by looking at the online search engine.
If your family is interested in helping the environment in your community, then working together to improve a local park or nature trail may be ideal. Rebuilding or improving a hiking trail is a day or weekend project that takes teamwork. Contact your local land trust or city or state park representatives detailing your interest in volunteering as a family. Ask what tools, supplies and items are needed to accomplish the project, and for safety reasons, ensure that the park representatives know when and where your family will be working.
To support local school-age children, adopt a classroom in your community as a family. Contact a local principal to identify the needs of a specific classroom or teacher. Examples of needs include tutors, school supplies, mentors or guest speakers. Discuss with the teacher or school administrator ways your family will help meet these needs. For example, your family may want to host a school supply drive for the classroom, or host a monthly birthday party, celebrating all the children who turned a year older that month. The needs vary depending on the grade level, teacher and school. It may be appropriate for this project to continue throughout the school year.