Caring Cubs holds monthly events for young children, ranging from approximately ages 2 to 7, designed to teach various lessons of social responsibility. Our founders are a group of parents who were looking to volunteer with our kids, repeatedly met with the response that we should volunteer ourselves and just bring our kids along. Our group, instead, plans events where the children themselves can participate in a hands-on activity, thereby taking personal pride in working toward a greater purpose. Although many worthy organizations already exist that direct older kids to give back to community, we found that none of them were focused specifically on the very youngest members of our society, namely preschool and early elementary school students. Hence, Caring Cubs was created to fill that void. The idea is that it is never too early to begin teaching children about philanthropy — the key is to do it in an age-appropriate way.
Caring Cubs events take place once per month and focus on a wide-range of topics geared toward very young children, from helping the disabled, the elderly, and the hungry to caring for the environment and animals. Our focus is always on teaching lessons of social responsibility in a fun and playful atmosphere – we aim to teach our children valuable life lessons ! Examples of past events include: making fall decorations with the residents at a senior center, touring an animal shelter and making biscuits for the animals staying there, allowing our little ones to “shop” (with the help of their parents, of course) for nonperishable food items to be donated to a local food bank, creating holiday door decorations to cheer residents staying at the Ronald McDonald House over the holidays, and visiting a nature center, where the children learned about being stewards of the environment. Our events are fun for the whole family and, although our events are geared toward little ones, older siblings are always welcome.
When 6-year-old Owen chose to bypass his weekly basketball game in favor of making Valentine’s Day cards for children in Cleveland’s Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital, saying “Of course I’ll make cards, Mom, I can play basketball anytime,” we knew that we were onto something big. Owen, along with his 4-year-old and 1-year-old brothers joined the dozens of people that gathered for that month’s event, producing amazingly creative cards that cheered the sick children and their families for the holiday. Caring Cubs is a unique organization that hosts a variety of monthly activities that teach very young children that giving back is not only important, but it can also be fun.
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Our BoardLaura Bigler, Treasurer Stella Compiseno James (JP) English Heather Fanter, Vice President Patrice Mack Sara Matthews Shari Nacson Rachael Stentz-Baugher, President Julie Woda, Secretary
Our StaffKelly Rudloff, Executive Director
Our FoundersHalle and Josh Hara