Family, Friendly Volunteer Opportunities

Why volunteer as a family?

According to, the benefits are enormous. Volunteering teaches even toddlers and preschoolers about compassion, empathy, tolerance, gratitude and community responsibility.

Inside Out Club On Weekends brings families together to connect to each other and support their community through volunteerism. These events are designed for families with children ages 3-12 and take place 18-22 times a year. 

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

– Dr. Seuss

About the Weekend Program


  • Curriculum combines social and emotional learning (SEL) and service learning
  • Integrated curriculum linking all four Inside Out Club opportunities

Volunteer Lead

Timing & Location

  • One to two hours on a Saturday or Sunday
  • 18-20 events during the year
  • Hosted at one of our non profit partner’s site or at one of our partners


  • $10 per child and free for adults
  • Free admission available to anyone who cannot afford the program fee

Example Weekend Events

Being Socially Responsible

  • Crafting Valentine’s Day toys for the dogs and cats at the Humane Society
  • Making craft kits for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Edward Hospital

Embracing Humanity

  • Tying fleece blankets for refugees being helped by World Relief DuPage/Aurora
  • Creating Halloween tea lights for local senior homes
  • Playing bingo with seniors

Developing Mindfulness & Character

  • Sewing worry pets for soldiers to be donated to Operation Support Our Troops
  • Painting kindness rocks to start a Ripple of Kindness

Supporting Troops & Veterans

  • Packing boxes of supplies for Operation Support Our Troops
  • Making cards for veterans and delivering them to local VFWs

Meeting Basic Needs

  • Making birthday bags for Loaves & Fishes food pantry and receiving a tour
  • Assembling and painting birdhouses for Habitat for Humanity

Protecting Our Earth

  • Prairie planting and river clean up with the Conservation Foundation and North Central College
  • Collecting and peeling crayons to be donated to SCARCE

Join Us at an Upcoming Event

18-22 events + 8 Character Traits + 6 Social Causes + Over 15 Local Nonprofits = Inside Out Club Weekend Curriculum

“Loved getting to meet other families.”

“[It] was a great event and was very fulfilling helping the dogs and cats.”

Inside Out Club Weekend Parents

“My favorite weekend event was playing bingo with the seniors.”

“If every kid did the Inside Out Club, then there would be no more homelessness or hunger.”

Inside Out Club Kids

“We are able to reach families that may not usually have the opportunity to volunteer.”

“Even a 3-year-old can color a card to send to the troops overseas.”

Emily Bartlett, Weekend Volunteer

Interested in joining the Weekend Inside Out Club Planning Committee?

If you want to lead weekend Inside Out Club events, help plan them and be more involved.