posted by Talk About Giving blog team
June 23, 2011 @ 4:21 pm
Here at Talk About Giving, we’ve been reflecting on this quote for the last few days because it is so powerful and true. Take a moment to think about the times when you have given your time, energy, and support to serve others: aren’t those moments some of your most rewarding and fulfilling? As parents, we have the opportunity to share that experience with our children.
A great way to make concepts like giving, sharing, and serving tangible for your kids is letting them volunteer. This might not seem like an easy task: your family’s schedule is busy; your preteen has no desire to give up her Saturday; you’re not sure where or how to start. The key is to find a nonprofit organization that’s a good match for your family’s interests. Then, pick a day and go for it. The reward of watching your children experience the joy of giving to others is matchless.
Here a few ideas to give you a headstart:
- Visit a veteran’s home, offer to interview them about their lives, take pictures of them and post on a bulletin board in a common area.
- Make meals or go on a grocery shopping trip for Columbia’s Ronald McDonald House, a home that support families while their loved ones are being treated in hospitals.
- Volunteer with our local Special Olympics committee or at a Special Olympics event.
- Partner with another family to repair or paint the home of an elderly couple or a needy family.
- Organize a one-day adoption fair with one of Columbia’s animal shelters at a convenient in-town location.
- Participate in a brush-clearing hiking trip to help keep South Carolina state park trails in good condition.
- Host a birthday party for nursing home residents.
- Call up your favorite nonprofit and ask how your family can help. Nonprofits almost always need volunteers.