Five family-friendly volunteer opportunities for Earth Day.

By: Donna M Navedo Sexton
Manager-Corporate Communications

Check out these fun ways to give back and help the planet.

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In addition to being Earth Day, Thursday, April 22 is also Take Your Child to Work Day 2021. In an effort to make the largest impact, we have compiled a quick list of five family-friendly activities you can do to celebrate our connections with each other and the planet.

  1. Become a Boys and Girls Clubs pen pal. The Boys & Girls Clubs of El Paso, TX, provide a safe, educational and fun environment for youths after school and during summer break. In this program, students will learn the importance of writing a letter, geography, and time zones. Become a Boys and Girls Clubs pen pal - link for Verizon Media
  2. Create a drawing and make someone smile.  Color A Smile collects crayon drawings from people of all ages and abilities. Every month, they distribute thousands of these drawings to troops overseas, senior citizens and others in need of a smile. Create a drawing and make someone smile - link for Verizon Media.
  3. Make a wildlife-friendly garden. Creating a wildlife-friendly vegetable patch is a fantastic way of reducing your carbon footprint, helping combat climate change by reducing CO2 gases, reducing the amount of harmful chemical pesticides and of course, providing you with homegrown food. Make a wildlife-friendly garden - link for Verizon Media
  4. Join Women’s Earth Alliance. (WEA) for a fun and interactive permaculture lesson.  Designed for families to learn together, in this session you will learn about the carbon cycle, the zero-waste pyramid, and the seven R’s: refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle, rehome, replant and rot. Join Women’s Earth Alliance - link for Verizon Media.
  5. Participate in a Pollinator Watch. Through participating in the Zooniverse project Pollinator Watch, you will help scientists tag pollinators in images to help them monitor the periodic changes in plant and insect life to ultimately better understand how and why these species change in response to global change. Participate in a Pollinator Watch - link for Verizon Media.

As we continue to make responsible business decisions, becoming greener, and increasing connectivity for all, we too play a part in making the world a better place. No matter which event you choose, we want to hear about your experience.

Share your stories:

If you’re participating in our featured activities or any of the other events available in the volunteer portal, we want to hear about it.

  1. Take a photo of you and your family taking part in your chosen activity
  2. Post on social media with the hashtag #VTeam so we can connect with your activities
  3. Tag us @InsideVerizon on Twitter or Instagram
  4. And most importantly - Be safe, make a positive impact and HAVE FUN!

We bring new ideas to our work, we work smarter and more efficiently, and when we can, we volunteer. We are Citizen Verizon.

About the author:

Donna is part of the Corporate Employee Communications team, focused on our socially responsible business practices through Citizen Verizon's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives and the Women's CoLab.

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