Volunteer Project Idea Bank

Project Descriptions

There’s plenty to do for volunteers! Please take a look at the following ideas for inspiration.

Have another idea for a project? Please contact Nikki McDougald or call (919) 723-9292.

Fairy Garden

Fairy Garden Starter Kits
Young children will love submerging their hands into the dirt to build a fairy garden, and enjoy watching the plants grow. A fairy “house” ignites imagination that is encouraged by a fanciful book appropriate for young children. Learn more

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Indoor and Outdoor Dream Teams
Dream Teams complete needed projects inside child care and early childhood program sites, or support outdoor learning through projects that enhance physical activity and gardening.  Dream Teams may paint an early childhood program’s hallways, install tree stumps to make an outdoor story circle, build a teepee for green beans to grow on or install raised beds for planting. Learn more

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Little Builder Bags
String bags provide storage and easy transport for a child’s set of Duplo or wooden blocks that encourage learning at home. Along with the blocks, the set includes a children’s book such as “Dreaming Up” to inspire a little builder’s imaginations. Learn more

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Redbox Teacher Treat Basket
Being an early childhood teacher is a highly rewarding vocation deserving of recognition for the hard work and passion required to do it well.  Teachers spend a significant amount of time with our children contributing to their development supporting the skills required to be successful in school and in life.  As a result of their determination to ensure every student receives a quality education, we recognize their efforts year round, with special attention during Teacher Appreciation Week May 2 – May 6. Learn more

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Welcome New Baby Baskets
Many young women living in poverty do not have the benefit of a baby shower.  For some the transition from hospital to home can be very difficult without the basic baby necessities.  This basket is for new moms and it includes the needed supplies to ease the fears and difficulties of this life changing transition.   Wake County SmartStart is not only concerned with the academic development of children but the holistic development of the child from birth – 5 years of age. Learn more

Summer Activity Packback

Summer Activity Backpacks
The Summer Activity Backpack support the 1,010 children that will graduate from NC Pre-Kindergarten in May of 2016. Backpacks will include books and interactive activities for young children. Learn more

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Supply and Book Drives  
Supply drives held throughout the year provide child care centers and early childhood programs needed items that support and enhance their work. Examples of supply drive donations include classroom materials, books for young children, baby nursery needs or a hats and mittens drive. Learn more