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Ask Kelly: How Do I Find Volunteer Opportunities for My 12 Year-Old?

Posted By Volunteer Toronto, June 7, 2016
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“Ask Kelly” is our new blog series aimed at answering your most pressing volunteer questions. As Volunteer Toronto’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Kelly DeVries is our in-house expert on all things volunteering. Got a burning question? She’s here to help!

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Dear Kelly,


Are there any volunteer opportunities for kids? My 12 year old son really wants to do some volunteer work, but has been told he has to be 16. I would be happy to attend with him as well.





Hello Kathy,

Thank you for your email. I am so glad to hear your son is interested in volunteering! To get involved in the community at that age can truly set a pattern of life-long behaviour!

While some organizations accept volunteers who are as young as 14, it can be tough for children younger than high school age to find volunteer opportunities, and what is available depends on the organization’s volunteer policies. Most opportunities for children around 12 years old will request that they be accompanied by an adult.

We, at Volunteer Toronto, have tried to make it easy for you by combining family-friendly opportunities into one category.


To find suitable options:

1)     Visit

2)     Leave all search options blank

3)     Search by Category “2. Suitable for Families (Parents & Kids)”


You’ll find that many of these opportunities involve assisting with various special events across the city. These can include helping with fundraisers, 5K walks or runs, or assisting with festivals among many other fun things. Another popular family volunteer experience is to deliver meals to seniors or those who aren’t able to leave their homes.

Thank you for your question and I wish you and your son a wonderful time volunteering,



Kelly Devries, Community Engagement CoordinatorKelly DeVries is Volunteer Toronto's Community Engagement Coordinator. She coordinates a team of hardworking volunteers who represent Volunteer Toronto at community events. She is the voice of our Volunteer Times newsletter and assists the many events and programs we organize to inspire people in Toronto to volunteer.

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