Can’t attend in person? No worries, you can watch it live on WPXI.

Volunteers at Pittsburgh Cares, Toys for Tots event. Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Cares.

Volunteers at Pittsburgh Cares, Toys for Tots event. Photo courtesy Pittsburgh Cares.

Family Volunteering with Pittsburgh Cares and Toys for Tots

Looking for ways to volunteer in the community with young children? Pittsburgh Cares is making it easy to get involved this year through its Family Volunteer Evenings at the Toys for Tots Warehouse. While these events aren’t until December 2nd and December 4th, registration is required and it will fill up.

Each volunteer evening is set aside for families, with attendance capped at 25 per night. Children five and older are welcome to attend and they will be given an age-appropriate explanation of the effect of poverty on families in the region. The football field-sized warehouse will contain 70,000 donated toys and each family will “shop” (based on age/size/gender info given on an index card) to fulfill wishes for local children. “The parents can certainly help but their children are really the ‘subject matter experts’ for shopping for other kids. It is empowering for children to feel like they can help and know what toys to select for the kids,” says Deb Hopkins, executive director of Pittsburgh Cares. Register for a Family Volunteer evening and also check out this Kidsburgh story for more family-volunteering ideas.

There’s more. Here are some other family-friendly events happening in November that are worth checking out:

Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes

Cocoa and Cookie Adventures with Venture Outdoors

Kid City Dance Party at the Warhol Museum

American Girl Fashion Show

PNC YMCA Turkey Trot

Youth Make: Storytelling

Looking for adult events? Check out our 11 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November feature.

Looking for live music? Check out our Sound Picks: 10 can’t-miss Pittsburgh concerts in November feature.