Volunteering as a Family

posted by Talk About Giving blog team

March 19, 2012 @ 4:00 pm

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No doubt, everyone is really busy. Especially if you have kids. Many parents struggle just to pull everyone together for dinner in the evening and it seems the older kids get the more directions they go on the weekends.

If you’re looking for a fun and meaningful way to bring your family together for some good quality time, consider volunteering together. Coming together as a family to help others will not only provide an opportunity for you to spend time together, but it will reinforce family values and allow your children to see firsthand what a difference you can make, an empowering lesson for kids. We know the influence family has on kids and by volunteering together, your children will be inspired by seeing you and other role models help others.

Beyond quality family time, many parents want their children to develop perspective on the world outside of the ‘bubble’ we often find ourselves living in. Volunteering exposes us to issues facing our community and ways we can be a part of assistance or change.

Looking for more reasons to volunteer with your kids? Not only will they have fun, volunteering will also:

  • Enhance development — Volunteering can benefit a child’s psychological, social and intellectual development. Volunteering increases self-esteem, responsibility and an interest in learning and helps children develop new social skills.
  • Promote a healthy lifestyle and choices — Children who serve are less likely to become involved in at-risk behaviors.
  • Teach life skills – Children who volunteer are exposed to new skills and perspectives necessary for a productive life including punctuality, reliability, task completion and getting along with others.
  • Teach social responsibility — Volunteering helps children develop empathy and learn that one person can make a difference.
  • Create a lifelong ethic of service — Individuals who volunteer as a child or who observed their parents volunteering have a much higher probability of being a volunteer in their adult years.
  • Improve the community — Volunteer activities advance the common good, and children can be part of these efforts.

So are you on board? Stay tuned for our next entry when we’ll talk about How to Select a Family Volunteer Project!

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