A few years ago, Benjy started a summer camp that offered kids community service opportunities when school was out. Camp Kind is going on its sixth year engaging young people from across the metro, but attendance this year will likely drop as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis also sent Rivka home from New York City.
Back under her parents’ roof with a lot of free time, she’s taken on a project that may help spread Camp Kind’s mission as kids stay at home.
Volunteer in a Box offers service opportunities mailed right to people’s homes: kits to make soap, dog toys or teddy bears that are meant to be given away. The “give away” part is on the buyer to figure out, though Benjy said kids can mail their finished products back if they want help with distribution. The boxes range from $17 to $30 on Volunteer in a Box’s website.
“We want to show kids that being kind is cool,” he said. “We always wanted a way to take Camp Kind to more people.”