Sometimes you need a little extra adult support to implement volunteer or community involvement projects. This list has excellent ideas. Some may not even require parent involvement but rather utilize help from older pupils in the school.
Here is an extensive list of volunteer ideas. Some include larger corporations, but I encourage you and your class to start small and close to school. Clean up a local playground, or develop a positive relationship with a nearby care home or preschool.
Of course we should be teaching our young ones that the idea of volunteering is to help others, but isn't it great when they can achieve an academic benefit too? The Kennel Club offers the idea of reading to dogs. Even if this isn't feasible for you and your class, consider reading to a younger year group, or perhaps to people in care homes and hospitals.
Your students may have heard this word over and over, but do they know what it means? Go through this article with them (you can even press play so you don't have to read it yourself). Afterwards, brainstorm some ideas with your class that they would like to volunteer for to come up with your own bespoke activity.
The best place to start children's involvement in the community is within the school community. These ideas can be done outside of school, but doing them right in your own backyard will benefit both your students and your school. It will also give you an indication of how your pupils take on the challenge without too much organization on your part.