Published May 30, 2021
Giving back is always a satisfying activity, but it can be more fun if done in groups. So for your next team-building activity, why not incorporate a bit of charity? It will not only promote camaraderie but will also give your team the chance to help the less fortunate.
If you’re not sure where to start, here are six charity team-building activity ideas you can check out.
1. End-Hunger Games
This activity draws inspiration from the Hunger Games series – minus the morbid parts, of course. It involves a series of challenges that the participants have to overcome. Each challenge won will earn them non-perishable food items.
All collected food items will then be donated to soup kitchens and food banks. Charities like these are on the frontlines of the fight against hunger in the US. And with more than half a million homeless people in the entire country, any amount of donation is a big help.
How it works:
- Map out the route and the stops from which your participants will compete on challenges and collect food items.
- Prepare the challenges for each stop. It can be a trivia question or a task they need to complete. You can also add time limits to make it more thrilling.
- Divide your team into different groups and provide each with instructions on how to earn food items.
- Once done, each group will have to build a tower or anything they can imagine from the food items they’ve collected.
- The most impressive construction wins. All food items from the event will then be donated to charity.
As the name suggests, cans are the star of this activity. Using canned foods, participants will showcase their creativity by building anything they can think of. It can be a sculpture, carnival game, or mini-golf hole. After the activity, all canned foods are donated to charity.
How It Works:
- Divide your team into groups then provide each with an equal number of canned foods.
- Allot a specific amount of time for each group to construct their pieces.
- The most impressive masterpiece wins.
3. Dress For Success
Homeless people who are looking to reenter the workforce are mostly in need of proper work clothes. Or even just an attire presentable enough for interviews. This need is what this activity aims to fill.
Participants will create necklaces, bracelets, and other fashion accessories for the homeless. You also can up the ante and have them fashion ready-to-wear work clothes.
How It Works:
- Split your team into several groups.
- Provide them with the materials needed to create the accessories.
- The team with the best design and workmanship wins.
- All creations will be donated to a pre-identified charity or to a charitable organization chosen by the winning team.
4. Bikes For Charity
Bikes might be a part of your childhood, but not all children are fortunate enough to own one. Kids in less privileged neighborhoods often have to walk to school, exposed to the elements. This is why some organizations have initiated the Bikes for Charity Campaign.
How It Works:
- Participants will do challenges from which they will earn the materials necessary for building a bike.
- Once all the materials are gathered, they will assemble the bikes. They can also put their own “special touch” to it by customizing the accessories.
- The group with the most creative bike wins. All bikes assembled during this activity will be donated to charities helping kids from low-income families.
5. Snackvenger Hunt
From the popular team building game “Scavenger Hunt,” this activity involves tasks and clues. Each completed task will earn the participants a clue for the next task and snack items. They will then use these to make care packages for homeless and destitute kids.
How It Works:
- Divide the participants into groups and provide them with the clue to the first task.
- Once they’ve completed all the tasks and collected all the snack items, each group will then assemble it into kids’ snack packages.
- The first team to complete all packages wins. These packages can then be donated to charity, or you can join food drives in schools and low-income neighborhoods.
6. The Breakfast Brigade
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Yet the No Kids Hungry Campaign estimates that around 3 million kids in the US aren’t getting a healthy breakfast at school. This is why The Breakfast Brigade would make a worthwhile team building activity.
How It Works:
- Divide the participants into teams.
- Give each team the materials necessary for preparing a healthy breakfast meal. It can be a granola bar or a breakfast sandwich with milk.
- The teams will race to make the most number of breakfast meals in the time allotted.
- The team that has produced the most breakfast meals wins. The ideal place to do this would be in a school cafeteria.
Remember, all these ideas for a charity team-building activity are just suggestions. You can always customize these to fit your objectives or just make your own. The most important thing is you have fun while helping others.
About The Author
Judy Ponio is a full time blogger and is devoted to topics about charity, kindness, and Christianity. She is part of Correct Digital, Inc which is paid by private donors to provide website digital marketing services to this non-profit organization.