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Caring Kids: Volunteer as a Family


Volunteer as a Family!

By volunteering as a family, you are taking an important step toward raising a person who will be sensitive to the needs of others, who will have a head start on the path of giving back to the community, and who will leave the world in a better place than they found it. Each month, our early learning staff will create a volunteer activity that is age appropriate and engaging for kids 2-5 years old, while also being enjoyed by children up to age 12 (however, all ages are welcome!). Please note, a parent must accompany their child during the volunteer activity.

Virtual Projects:

Child Care Action Council is committed to the health and well-being of the families and communities we serve and we are monitoring the developing COVID-19 situation. For the health and safety of our families, communities and staff, we are working to make changes to future schedules in the effort to put protective measures into place, provide social distancing, and help reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19. That is why we are cancelling in-person projects and moving to virtual and at home projects until it is safe to volunteer together again! Check out our virtual projects and stay up to date by joining our Facebook Group page

June Project:

For our June project, we’ve chosen to combine the power of reading with children to talk about race and discrimination. We’ve come across many great lists of books that highlights resistance, resilience, and activism; and seeks to empower youth to participate in the ongoing movement for racial justice. We want to make that available to our Caring Kids families AND give your family a book for free*! Please check out the list of books (suggested age ranges are listed), and then sign-up for your free book to be mailed to your house (Thurston County residents please).

>> Check out descriptions of the books listed below (also add I Am Enough to this list):

>>Sign-up for your free book!

All we ask is that you cuddle up with your children to read the book you choose, and start the conversation of race and discrimination.

* Since Caring Kids is a completely volunteer group (we have no funding source!), we have a volunteer who will donate a book to the first 10 families who sign-up! If you would like to help purchase books for more families, please let us know ( or 360-522-3804)! 

And why children books?
It’s never too early to start talking to your children about race and racism. Research has found that between the ages of 3 and 5, children begin to apply stereotypes, categorize people by race, and express racial bias. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations and can also be used to model what it means to resist and dismantle oppression.

Looking for Extra Activities?
The book, “I Am Enough” has a discussion guide,  and an activity, for you to do alongside your child.

List of Past Virtual Projects:

Upcoming virtual projects are under development. If you have any ideas for great projects, please contact Melanie at


Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of Caring Kids!

November 2019: Caring Kids celebrated its one year anniversary! Since our first service project, aimed at giving our youngest of volunteers a meaningful experience, we have:

  • Partnered with 12 organizations doing great work in Olympia.
  • Contributed 325 volunteer hours -- that's 216 children and their parents volunteering to help at each of our 1.5 hour projects
  • Connected to the volunteer experience by reading books tailored to the project.
  • Shared healthy snacks together and learned about each of the organizations we have helped.

While Caring Kids is a program of Child Care Action Council, it is run by volunteers. We are thankful for the help of our supporters who have provided food and safety equipment for volunteer participants including Safeway in Hawks Prairie Mall, the Sustaining Fund of the Food Coop, GRuB Farms, and Kiwanis Food Garden. 


Check out our July Caring Kids Project: Beach Clean-up! 




Updates & Upcoming Events

COVID-19 Agency Update

For a list of Child Care Action Council cancellations and postponed events, please go to our Health and Safety Updates page.
Child Care Appreciation Day, May 8th
**Nominate your child care provider!**

If you would like to nominate your child care provider for a chance to win a $100 gift card for their classrooms*, please submit your nomination by May 7th:
*Please note, this contest is for Washington State licensed child care providers in Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap counties only.