3 Creative Ways to Help Out Kids in Marin

There are a lot more ways to volunteer with the county's young people than you might think.
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Volunteering is one of those things that many of us feel like we should do, but many of us avoid. We already struggle to carve out time in our busy schedules. But what if we could volunteer in a way that we enjoyed? If you like spending time with kids, here are three ways you can help out. You might just end up doing something you like doing in the process.



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If you enjoy baking, why not make it a way to give back? Cake4Kids gives youth who are homeless, exposed to violence or human trafficking, in foster care or living at the poverty line a chance to feel special. Serving 10 different counties in California, volunteers bake and deliver personalized birthday cakes, cupcakes, cookies, bars or brownies to underprivileged kids. Not a master baker? Doesn’t matter, Cake4Kids is happy to accept even the simplest of baked goods – what’s important is that it puts a smile on kids’ faces.



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Communicate the joy of reading to kids as a storytelling volunteer with the Marin County Free Library. Volunteers select books that encourage language-building play and read them to children in a laundromat for 20 to 30 minutes. Marin locations include The Wash Tub in Corte Madera and Speed-Dee Wash in San Anselmo.



Photo courtesy of US Department of Education.

Specifically targeting the cycle of poverty faced by Latino immigrants and their families, Canal Alliance works to educate, empower and lend support to motivated kids. The after-school University Prep program assists 120 low-income Latino young people in completing a four-year college degree, with daily tutoring in core subjects and homework help. So far 100 percent of its graduates have enrolled in four-year state universities.

Jessica GliddonJessica Gliddon is an international writer and editor who has lived and worked in London, Dubai and Cape Town. A graduate of UC Santa Cruz, Jessica is the former editor of Abu Dhabi’s airline magazine, Etihad Inflight. She also worked for six years in a creative agency in South Africa, heading up publications for wineries, jewelry companies, and even an orchestra. She then moved back to California and decided to get serious about digital, brushing up with a course at General Assembly and launching into the role of Digital Editor for both Marin Magazine and the SF Bay section of Better.net. When she’s not checking out the latest exhibit at SFMOMA or searching out the best places to eat and drink near her home in San Francisco, she volunteers at the Marin Mammal Center in Sausalito.

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