In search of ways that you and your family can give back in the Raleigh area?  Social Butterflies believes that through volunteering and helping others you can create amazing family memories and impact our community at the same time.  Here is a list of our favorite small & large local organizations & non-profits that are giving our families a chance to give back.  (We will continue to add to this list throughout the year.)

Volunteer Opportunities for Raleigh Families


Small Hand Small Hands Big Hearts United

SHBHU is a non-profits that builds upon children’s ideas on how to serve in the community & turns them into “Compassion Missions”.  These missions range from looming hats for babies in Haiti, to sharing stories & crafts at the Ronald McDonald House to serving meals to individuals experiencing homelessness.  SHBHU mission is to offer creative and accessible charitable programs for children of all ages in order to nurture the next philanthropic generation.

Book Harvest

Book Harvest is a non-profit whose mission is to provide books to low income children in the Triangle area.  There are a number of ways you can volunteer from running a book drive in your community or volunteering as a family to sort books on every 2nd Saturday or 4th Tuesday of the month.

Food Bank of Raleigh

The Raleigh Branch of the Food Bank serves Central & Eastern NC.  Their mission is to fight hunger in our area by providing meals to families that are food insecure.  Families can walk in & volunteer during volunteer Saturday sessions and Wednesday afternoon sessions.  (Visit their website for times of sessions.)  Kids Day at the Raleigh Food Bank is every 2nd & 4th Saturday from 2:00-4pm.  Kids and families will work together to sort & organize food items.


Raleigh Rescue Mission

Raleigh Rescue Mission is a non-profit serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our Raleigh area.  There are many opportunities where families can volunteer their time or donate items.  From the “Lunches To Go” program, to “Tubs of Love” to even creating placemats for meals served at the mission…check out the opportunities being offered to serve.

Wake County Animal Center

Wake County Animal Center is an open-admission animal shelter that works to re-home homeless animals. In order to volunteer you must be 16 years of age or older.  Volunteer opportunities consist of Pet Photographers, Cat & Dog Cuddlers, Fido Fitness, Clean Team and many more.


Have a volunteer opportunity that you’d like to share?  Please contact us so we can share it with our Social Butterflies community.





United Way