There are so many incredible advantages to volunteering, they would be difficult to cover in one little blog post like this one! “Many hands make light work” – this is a saying that is quoted often in the emails and newsletters that are sent out by my daughters’ school, and we even have required volunteer hours that need to be met by each parent. This requirement, though it took awhile for everyone to get used to at first, has established an incredibly strong community of parents.
One of the many advantages of family volunteering is having your family work on a project together. Not only can you spend time with one another, but you help someone who is less fortunate than yourselves. If you look at it like that, it’s a win-win situation.
Perhaps your family is concerned about the environment.
You can probably find environmental projects you can do in your own area. Call the local city park to see if they need help. They may ask you to help pick up litter, plant trees or flowers in flower beds, or place markers to identify the trees along a walking trail.
Many town and city districts have established eco-initiatives in place these days, and there are usually posters placed around, ads in the newspaper or in the community guide regarding meetings for such organizations to get more people involved and on board. If this is something that is of interest to you and your family and you are looking to start something up, you can follow in the footsteps and guidelines of programs such as this one.
Another family volunteering activity you can do is to work at a soup kitchen or center for homeless people.
They have to feed those staying at the shelter every day so they’d probably be thrilled to have someone come to the center to help cook, serve, or clean up after meals. Many people consider helping during the holidays, but of course there are needs at these shelters and centers all year round.
Is anyone in your family handy with tools?
You may want to volunteer as a family to work on a Habitat for Humanity home or some similar project. If you get involved when the project first starts and see it through completion, your family can feel proud of a job well done and see the joy on a deserving family’s face when they are handed the keys to their new home.
What are some other advantages to family volunteering?
1) You’re teaching your children about giving to others rather than always asking for something.
2) Volunteering allows children to become involved in their community in a tangible way.
3) It teaches your family to become stronger, promotes positive values, and teaches them how to work as a team.
4) Having your children volunteer while they’re young will probably encourage them to continue volunteering as an adult. They may even pass the volunteering tradition onto their own children.
5) Family volunteering can be a lot of fun!
Bring your family together by volunteering. You can strengthen your family, have fun, and benefit others in the process.