GIVE BACK WITH US
Little Villagers offers after school and community programs for children throughout Orange County, California.
In our classes, children complete a new, hands-on service project every week, supporting a variety of charitable organizations and causes during the session.
Our activities not only teach children that they can meaningfully give back to their community, but also build practical life skills, enhance creative thinking, encourage empathy and selflessness, and establish age-appropriate awareness of the needs within our community.
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CLASS SESSION EXAMPLES
Vroom! Race Car Sets
On your mark, get set, let’s go make race car sets for the students at Precious Lamb Preschool in Long Beach, a preschool for children who have been impacted by homelessness. Each child will paint and decorate a handmade wooden race car and create “miles” of felt road for the cars to travel on.
Celebrate and proliferate the native wildflowers of California with seed balls. Children will combine clay, compost and native seeds to make seed balls that they will take home to toss in open and neglected spaces in their neighborhoods.
The students will tie knots and weave braids to make felt toys for the rescue dogs at Zuri Pet Rescue, a no-kill dog and cat rescue in San Juan Capistrano.
Planting a Warm Welcome - Let's decorate pots and plant succulents to give to the Friendship Shelter in Laguna Beach, which provides year-round shelter and rehabilitation to homeless adults.
The students will make adorable Halloween decorations using yarn to accent The Harbor House in Laguna Niguel, a recreation center which fosters a community where people with disabilities fulfill their potential as responsible co-workers, neighbors, and friends.
Students will make small bundles of goodies with Thank You notes to hand out to kind people in our community, whether it be their gardener, grocery clerk, or just a kind helpful community member.
Cozy Kids Scarves
We will make warm and cozy scarves for homeless children at Colette’s Children’s Home in Huntington Beach. These no-sew fleece scarves will be colorful and fun to make, and a welcome winter gift for children in need.
Fresh Soup Kits
We will prepare fresh soup kits to help feed the hungry at Mercy Warehouse in Laguna Niguel. The kids will prepare all the ingredients for the soup kits with kid-safe utensils, make seasoning packets and label and package the kits.
Fidgets for Vets
Fidgets can be a useful tool to support veterans managing symptoms of PTSD and anxiety. We will make keychain fidgets using a beads and cord design for Veterans Outreach OC.
Neck Warmer Hoods
These neck warmers also convert to a hood to help those in need served by OC Rescue Mission to stay warm during the colder winter months. The children will use a weaving technique to create the hoods.
Nap Time Gloves
We will make creative and fun nap time gloves for preschool children in the Orange County Head Start, Inc. program. These gloves are used during naptime to provide a comforting “hand” on the child’s back while they sleep.
Valentines for Seniors
We will make colorful pop-up cards for the seniors at South County Adult Day Services to help make their Valentine’s Day extra special.
Playtime for Feathered Friends
We will design and assemble toys for parrots being cared for at the Rancho Wildlife Organization in Silverado. The toys will be crafted from bird-safe materials like natural wood and untreated cotton.
Organic Herb Garden
Growing organic food reduces our environmental impact, helps reduce the amount of harmful chemicals polluting our environment, and ensures we have healthy, fresh produce easily accessible at home. The children will make their own starter gardens.
Our students were not only having fun learning new skills, but they also felt a sense of pride knowing what they were doing was benefiting their community. The program helped students learn the importance of helping others and the environment through activities that were meaningful and educational. Little Villagers is a one-of-a kind program and I feel fortunate we are able to offer their services to our student population!
- Lisa Vanover, Assistant Principal, Mission Basilica School
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