You don’t have to be a parent to positively impact a child. No matter if you are a caregiver, grandparent, neighbor, coach, teacher, or simply a friend, when you spend time making a child feel valued, you are helping to build their confidence. You are preparing the child for a lifetime of success, and also helping to improve their resilience for when life can be difficult.
You can help provide great childhoods by mentoring a child or caregiver, supporting family-friendly policies, or donating to organizations that help children. Other ways to get involved include:
Children’s lives are shaped by their experiences, their environment, and the relationships they have with adults they look up to. It only takes one adult to positively influence a child and help ensure long-term health and well-being.
Offer childcare to friends and family members, especially during holidays and schools breaks.
Ask community leaders, clergy members, libraries, and schools to develop services to meet the needs of healthy children and families. Offer to help obtain needed resources.
Teach children, caregivers, and educators how to build up protective factors so children can grow up safe and healthy.
For information about volunteer opportunities, email OCTF@OCTF.ohio.gov
Offer to help meet material needs of families or donate money needed for children’s activity fees or club memberships.
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